The first F-15 Eagle high performance fighter will enter the Air Force's operational inventory on November 14 at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, in a ceremony scheduled for 12:40 p.
The first F-15 Eagle high performance fighter will enter the Air Force's operational inventory on November 14 at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, in a ceremony scheduled for 12:40 p.m. MST, at which President Gerald Ford is expected to be a guest speaker.
The Eagle will be assigned to tactical Air Command's 58th Tactical Fighter Training Wing at Luke Air Force Base.
The delivery culminated a research, development and test program that began more than nine years ago. In 1969, the McDonnell aircraft Company Division of the McDonnell Douglas ???crporation was selected to develop and produce the Eagle under the management and direction of the Air Force Systems Command.
This aircraft will be capable of gaining and maintaining air superiority against enemy fighters in all types of combat through the 1980's. Its low-wing loading and high thrust-to-weight ratio provide unprecedented maneuverability as well as speeds above Mach 2. Its two Pratt and whitney F-100 turbine engines, make it the first operational U.S. fighter aircraft to possess a thrust-to-weight ratio of greater than 1 to 1.
In addition to Luke AFB, two other Tactical Air Command bases, Langley AFB, virginia, and Holloman AFB, New Mexico, have been proposed as sites for F-15 units.