Armour Collection B11F017 USAF McDonnell F-15A Eagle Fighter - 65th Aggressor Squadron, 57th Fighter Wing, Nellis AFB, Nevada [Aggressor Scheme] (1:48 Scale)
"Obsolete weapons do not deter."
- British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
It's the fighter pilot's dream. The McDonnell Douglas F-15 is fast, amazingly agile and climbs like a rocket. It can "zoom-climb" to an astonishing altitude of 98,400 feet, and reach its normal operating ceiling of 59,000 feet -- flying at two-and-a-half times the speed of sound -- in just two minutes. With the best combat radar in the world, it can detect and destroy enemies way beyond the pilot's visual range. Despite its huge size, the F-15's maneuverability makes it a ferocious dogfighter when the encounters get close and dirty. That's why nearly 100 enemy aircraft have fallen victim to the F-15, while no Eagle has ever been lost in aerial combat.
Pictured here is a 1:48 scale replica of a USAF McDonnell F-15A Eagle fighter that was attached to the 65th Aggressor Squadron, 57th Fighter Wing, based at Nellis AFB, Nevada. Sold Out!
Release Date: February 2009
Historical Account: "Aggressive Tendencies" - The 65th Aggressor Squadron is a U.S. Air Force fighter squadron assigned to the 57th Wing and tasked with providing adversary training. The 65th AGRS is based at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.
Originally formed in 1969, the 65th Aggressor Squadron began flying the F-5E Tiger II in 1975. They provided aggressor training to US Air Force fighter crews participating in Red Flag and other exercises at the extensive Nellis Air Force Range. The 65th AGRS flew its last aggressor mission on April 7th, 1989, before being deactivated. Re-activated on September 15th, 2005, as a component of the 57th Adversary Tactics Group, the 65th AGRS is assigned 24 F-15 aircraft, painted in camouflage schemes identical to those observed on Russian-manufactured Su-27 Flanker fighters and operates in conjunction with the 64th Aggressor Squadron, which performs a similar task using F-16s.
On July 30th, 2008, one pilot was killed and another injured when their F-15 crashed into the ground during a training mission.