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91-0605 Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle c/n 1248/E206 - USAFE 492nd FS - Leeuwarden AFB in Holland - 17 July 2004 Lockheed F-104G Starfighter

The Boeing (McDonnell Douglas) F-15E Strike Eagle is an American twin-engine all-weather multirole strike fighter, derived from the McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle. McDonnell Aircraft formalized the concept for the F-15 in 1967, when the company was selected to enter the second phase of the U.S Air Force's FX competition. On 23 December 1969, after more than two years of intensive testing and evaluation, the Air Force awarded McDonnell Douglas the F-15 Advanced Tactical Fighter contract. The F-15 Eagle flew first on 27 July 1972, at Edwards Air Force Base in California. Six months later, the Air Force approved the Eagle for full-rate production. With a top speed in excess of Mach 2.5 at 11.000 mtrs, it was the first U.S. fighter with enough thrust to accelerate vertically. The F-15 carries a large complement of armament. The first flight of the two-seat F-15B (formerly TF-15A) trainer was made in July 1973. The first F-15B Eagle was delivered in November 1974 to the 58th Tactical Training Wing, Luke Air Force Base in Arizona. In January 1976, the first single-seat F-15A Eagle destined for a combat squadron was delivered to the 1st Tactical Fighter Wing at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. The second major production version of the single-seat Eagle, the F-15C flew first on 26 February 1979. The F-15C (and F-15D) differs from the F-15A (and F-15B) in having increased internal fuel capacity, provision for a further 4.540 kg of fuel (or fuel and  sensors) and for conformat tanks (FAST packs) on the fuselage sides, plus programmable radar signal processors. Production of the F-15C supplanted the F-15A from mid-1980, the two-seat equivalent F-15D simultaneously supplanted the F-15B. In December 1996, Boeing Co., the world's largest commercial aircraft maker, bought its long-time rival McDonnell Douglas Corp. for $13.3 billion in stock, creating the world's largest integrated aerospace company. Boeing has continued to evolve the F-15 with advanced technology. Production continued with advanced models for several international customers, with in all models, more than 1,500 F-15s built.

On 17 July 2004, the USAFE 492nd FS' Boeing (McDonnell Douglas) F-15E Strike Eagle "91-0605 / LN" was seen at Leeuwarden Air Base in the Netherlands. At that time, the F-15E Strike Eagle "91-0605" was operated by 492nd Fighter Sqn, part of the 48th Fighter Wing based at RAF Lakenheath.

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