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H. Norman, General Schwarzkopf
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Richard P. Hallion
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Tom Clancy,
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Rick Atkinson
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William Smallwood
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 F-15 Eagle 


F-15C

Wingspan:  
     42 feet. 
Length: 
     63 feet 
Height
     18 feet, 5 inches 
Weight
     68,000 lbs (Max) 
Speed
     1,650 plus/ Mach 2.3 
Ceiling
     50,000 + feet 
Range
     330 to 720 miles (combat) 
Power
     Two Pratt and Whitney F100-PW-100 Turbofan engines 

Armament

     One M61A1 Vulcan 20mm Cannon 
     Four AIM-7 Sparrow missile 
     Four AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles 

Crew
     1 
Service
     Air Force 


F-15E 

Wingspan:  
     42 feet, 9 inches. 
Length
     63 feet, 8 inches 
Height
     18 feet, 5 inches 
Weight
     73,000 lbs (Max) 
Speed
     1,650 plus 
Ceiling
     50,000 + feet 
Range
     960 miles (combat) 
Power
     Two Pratt and Whitney F100-P-220 Turbofan engines w/ afterburners and 25,050 pounds thrust 

Armament
One M61A1 Vulcan 20mm Cannon 
(A mix of the following depending on mission:) 

     AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles 
     MK-82 500 lb general purpose bombs 
     MK-84 2,000 lb general purpose bombs 
     GBU-12 (500 lb laser-guided bomb) 
     GBU-10 (2,000 lb laser-guided bomb) 
     CBU-89 Anti-personnel cluster munitions 
     CBU-52 Anti-armor cluster munitions 

Crew
     2 
Service
     Air Force 

* The Air Force designed the Eagle as an air superiority fighter, but found it was effective for use as an attack plane as well. Later versions of the F-15 designated the F-15E are designed and equipped for all-weather and night operations. 

Iraqi Counterpart--  

Iraq's number one air superiority fighter will be the advanced MiG-29, code-named Fulcrum by NATO. Highly maneuverable, and well-designed, the MiG-29 is a serious threat when flown in the right hands. However, Iraq has a limited number of these aircraft and with the embargo of spare parts by the Soviet Union, a number of these planes may not be flying in a war. Initial reports have shown half of the planes destroyed by American aircraft, and the other half fleeing to the sanctuary of Iranian airbases. 

The other fighters likely to engage in air-combat are the French Mirage F-1, MiG-21 and MiG-25. Of these, the F-1 is considered the most serious threat. The Mirage is extremely popular in the Third World, and both Kuwait and the Arab state of Qatar purchased them. A number of the Iraqi F-1's are designed to give air support to ground troops, but initial reports have shown Iraqi Air Forces more content to stay in their hangars then support their troops. 

Action in Desert Storm-- 

From day 1 of the Air war, F-15E's were used in an attack role against Iraqi ground positions. Using sophisticated night-fighting equipment called the LANTIRN (Low-altitude Navigation and Target Infrared for Night), the F-15E was credited with a number of successful kills on enemy airfields and communication's systems. Other F-15s, flown by both the Saudis and the U.S. in a combat air patrol role were successful in bringing down several of Iraq's best fighters in air-to-air combat. 

A total of 118 F-15C's were deployed flying 5,906 missions during Desert Storm. The F-15C's achieved 33 of the 38 air-to-air kills in Operation Desert Storm. No F-15C's were lost. Two F-15E's were lost during combat. 48 F-15E's were in place at the start of hostilities. 


Learn more about the F-15 in the Gulf War

Strike Eagle : Flying the
F-15E in the Gulf War
William Smallwood
(Amazon.UK)

Vipers in the Storm : Diary of a Gulf War Fighter Pilot
by Keith Rosenkranz

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