Armour Collection B11E388 USAF McDonnell F-15A Streak Eagle Fighter - World Time-To-Climb Record Maker, 1975 (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.
This particular 1:48 scale replica of a F-15A Streak Eagle was piloted by Major Roger Smith and Major Dave Peterson, who set the World time-to-climb record on February 1st, 1975. Sold Out!
Historical Account: The single-seat F15A "Streak Eagle," on display at the National Museum of the USAF, broke eight time-to-climb world records between Jan. 16th and Feb. 1st, 1975. In setting the last of the eight records, it reached an altitude of 98,425 feet. just 3 minutes 27.8 seconds from brake release at takeoff. and "coasted" to nearly 103,000 feet before descending. It was flown in its natural metal finish to reduce weight for the record-setting flights. To protect it from corrosion, McDonnell Douglas Corp. has since painted it in the gray color scheme of most operational F-15s.
The "Streak Eagle" is an early pre-production aircraft. Differences in its internal structure and systems operation made it too costly to return to operational service. It was delivered to the museum in December 1980 after it was no longer useful as a flight test vehicle. (courtesy: Official Museum of the United States Air Force)