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Meet the Strike Eagle

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The F-15E "Strike Eagle" is the world's most technologically advanced fighter and a testament to America's aerospace ingenuity. Built by the McDonnell Douglas Corporation, it is powered by two Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-229 engines producing 29,100 pounds of thrust per engine. The Strike Eagle is the latest version of the world's premier air-superiority fighter, the F-15 Eagle. The F-15E combines the strengths of the previous Eagles with the latest in computer technology providing its crew with the best avionics, radar, sensors, and cockpit design of any aircraft flying today.


Wing Span: 43 feet
Length: 64 feet
Height: 18 1/2 feet
Engines: two Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-229 engines
producing 29,100 pounds of thrust engine at
full afterburner
Maximum Altitude: greater than 50,000 feet
Maximum Speed: Mach 2.5

Technology and the Strike Eagle:

Technology is synonymous with the F-15E. Pilots, Weapon Systems Officers (WSOs), aircraft specialists, and crew chiefs assigned to Strike Eagle units are highly trained specialists with years of training and education. This education starts early in life with a strong foundation in mathematics, science, and reading skills.

Cockpit Design:

The cockpit design of the F-15E is one reason it is the most versatile and capable fighter flying today. Seven programmable multi-function displays provide the aircrew with a wealth of information that no aircraft flying today can match. Most functions can be controlled by switches on the throttles and the control stick (referred to as “HOTAS” or Hands On Throttle And Stick). This allows the pilot to control the aircraft’s systems without having to remove his hands from the aircraft controls (a significant advantage in demanding phases of flight like an instrument approach in the weather). The programmable nature of the multi-purpose displays is another outstanding feature that greatly aids the aircrew. For example, the WSO has four displays available in the rear cockpit. On a night low-level mission (using the Terrain Following Radar to fly 500 feet above the ground) most WSOs will have the following information on the displays: Terrain Following Radar, Heads-Up Display (HUD), Air-to-Air radar, Moving Map display. Since each display is programmable, the aircrew can program three separate displays on each multi-function display. Therefore, the WSO can have the engine display (providing the engines “vital” signs) on the same screen as the Moving Map display. By moving a switch on the hand controller, the engine display replaces the Moving Map display. Hitting the switch again returns the multi-function display to the Moving Map (or the third option if one was programmed).

Front Office Tactical Situation Display
or "Moving Map"

Best thing since sliced bread!
Front Cockpit Stick with
"HOTAS" Controls
Stick WSO checking 3 o'clock WSO

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Updated: March 12, 2004