is a twin-engine, high-performance, all-weather air superiority fighter.
First flown on July 27, 1972, the Eagle began entering the USAF inventory on
November 14, 1974. It was the first U.S. fighter to have engine thrust
greater than the normal weight of the aircraft, allowing it to accelerate
while in a vertical climb. This, combined with low aircraft weight compared
to wing area, made the Eagle highly maneuverable. During Operation Desert
Storm F-15Cs conducted counter-air operations over Iraq. They escorted
strike aircraft over long distances and scored 34 aerial victories during
the conflict. The F-15C was also used to search out and attack "Scud"
ballistic missile launchers.
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