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F-15B Eagle - NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, #836, Edwards AFB, CA, Edwards AFB Airshow 2022, w/Aim-54 Phoenix missile 

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F-15B Eagle - NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, #836, Edwards AFB, CA, Edwards AFB Airshow 2022, w/Aim-54 Phoenix missile

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NASA and the Naval Air Warfare Center are repurposing surplus Navy AIM-54 Phoenix missiles for hypersonic flight research, collaborating to gather critical data on speeds exceeding Mach 5. The plan involves launching these missiles from a NASA F-15 aircraft, stripped of explosive warheads and equipped with experimental payloads. The missiles will undergo modifications for lighter guidance systems and extensive instrumentation. Preliminary "captive-carry" flights assess the F-15's performance. The Phoenix missiles, once Navy's primary long-range air-to-air weapon, offer a cost-effective solution for hypersonic testbeds.

Designed to meet US Air Force requirements for an air superiority fighter to replace the F-4 Phantom, the F-15 Eagle first flew on July 27, 1972. Following reviews of proposals, the United States Air Force selected McDonnell Douglas's design in 1969 to meet the service's need for a dedicated air superiority fighter. Since entering service in 1976, it is among the most successful modern fighters, with over 100 victories and no losses in aerial combat, with the majority of the kills by the Israeli Air Force.

Hobby Master's 1:72 scale F-15 is produced with a high metal content using state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques. The model features near seamless construction as seen on all Hobby Master products, and this is particularly evident with the tight-fitting conformal fuel tanks present on the F-15E variant. Separate open and closed canopy and speed brakes are included, yielding uncompromising detail that functional hinges would lack at this scale. Other fine features include a detailed cockpit interior, a variety of ordnance and drop tanks appropriate to the paint-scheme and landing gear that constructed as completed subassemblies for easy installation.

Info: F-15B Eagle -  NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, #836, Edwards AFB, CA, Edwards AFB Airshow 2022, w/Aim-54 Phoenix missile

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Get $20 off an annual Nebula subscription by signing up at: https://go.nebula.tv/mustard Watch Eagle vs. Foxbat: Samurra Air Battle: https://nebula.tv/videos/mustard-eagle-vs-foxbat-samurra-air-battle Watch More Mustard Videos & Support The Channel: https://nebula.tv/mustard Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/MustardChannel Mustard Merchandise: https://www.teespring.com/stores/mustard-store Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mustardchannel/ TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@mustardchannel Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Mustard-109952378202335 Twitter: https://twitter.com/MustardVideos Website: https://www.mustardchannel.com/ More than 50 years after making its first flight, the F-15 Eagle remains one of the most capable fighter aircraft ever developed. The F-15 was born from the difficult lessons learned during the Vietnam War. In the late 1950s, Air Force planners were confident that the advent of powerful new radars and long-range air-to-air missiles had rendered close-range aerial combat a thing of the past. So fighter jets like venerable the Mcdonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom were not engineered to be light or agile like their predecessors. Instead, they were designed to be heavily-loaded with missiles and carry powerful radars. Their pilots were no longer trained to dogfight, as they would engage the enemy at great distances, well beyond visual range. But in the Vietnam War, military planners learned the hard way that the age of dogfighting was far from over. American pilots were being downed at alarming rates. The Friend or Foe (IFF) systems designed to identify enemy targets proved unreliable, forcing Air Force pilots to get in close to visually identify targets. At close-range, up against more agile Soviet-built MiGs, the F-4s were at a disadvantage. They were less agile than the MiGs, lacked a gun for close-range combat, and their pilots weren’t properly trained. To make matters worse, 1967, the Soviet Union looked set to unveil what appeared to be a new super-fighter built for extreme maneuverability. The devastating experience from Vietnam and concerns being outclassed in the skies pushed the United States to develop a new air-superiority fighter that could face off with any current or future Soviet-built fighter. The result would be a twin-engine, high-performance, all-weather air superiority fighter known for its incredible acceleration and agility. Engineered from the ground up for tactical dominance in any air space, the F-15 holds the distinction of over a hundred aerial victories without a single defeat. Thanks for watching!
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