MY FAVOURITE AEROPLANE IN 200 WORDS #12 McDonnell Douglas/Boeing F-15C Eagle by Scott Bachmeier


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What is wrong with you Europeans? Half of the airplanes written about here as favorites are ‘quirky’ or ‘flawed’? I like things because they’re the best, not because they’re crap.

The F-15 Eagle has been the world’s best fighter since it entered frontline USAF service in 1976… I hear you spitting out your martinis as you read that. You leap to your feet. “RAPTOR!” you scream, the buttons on your cardigan exploding off in fury.

I disagree.

The F-22 is the flash, top-of-the-range guitar hanging on a $900 rack on the wall of a wannabe rockstar. It’s too pricey to be played, what if it was scratched?

The F-15 on the other hand is the battered old Fender that has proved time and time again its power to rock the joint. The F-15 is longer-ranged than the F-22, it has better short-range air-to-air missiles (X-Rays)..more vitally, it has a helmet system that can target designate- an entry-level technology that even F-16s have. It has an unprecedented kill-to-loss ratio of 104/0. Nothing else has anything approaching that.

Viva La Eagle!

PS my wife is European.

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One comment

  1. TrueBlue

    Indeed – viva la Eagle!

    Especially appropriate as now talk leans towards the USAF buying more “gray” F-15s – the F-15X.

    This bird is simply majestic and STILL holds others up by the throat. It flew in the 70s fer chrissake!
    I mean – just look at it!

    Viva la Eagle!

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