F-15 Fighter Jets

By: A smart girl

Intro

I have learned many things about the F-15 I never knew at all. Actually, I never knew an F-15 existed, I just thought that there was only one type of a fighter jet. I know, I was stupid (still am at many other things) but at least I know this now right? I have researched much on f-15s and found many things average Americans do not know off hand. If you want to know, then read this because it cannot hurt anything.

Main Idea

There are tons of different types of F-15 fighter jets. Ok, maybe I’m exaggerating a bit, but there are a total of 9, and that is a lot more than I thought there was. According to Tom Harris (www.howstuffworks.com) there is:

“*F-15A - The original F-15 combat plane, the F-15A first flew in July 1972. Like the current F-15C, this plane is designed for a single pilot.
* F-15B - The original F-15 training plane, the F-15B first flew in July 1973. This plane has two pilot stations -- one for an experienced instructor and one for a pilot in training.
* F-15C - An updated version of the F-15A, the Air Force added the F-15C in 1979. The F-15C has improved electronics, greater engine power and increased fuel capacity.
* F-15D - This is the two-seater training-plane counterpart to the F-15C.
* F-15E - A combination air-to-air fighter and air-to-ground bomber (also known as the F-15 Strike Eagle), the F-15E entered the Air Force arsenal in 1988. The biggest difference between the F-15C and the F-15E is the F-15E's extra cockpit station and its bombing capabilities. There are many smaller changes throughout the plane.
* F-15I Thunder - An Israeli variation on the F-15E
* F-15S - A Saudi variation on the F-15E
* F-15J Peace Eagle - A Japanese variation on the F-15C
* F-15 ACTIVE - The F-15 ACTIVE is a two-seater F-15 used in NASA research. ACTIVE stands for "advanced control technology for integrated vehicles." So long story short there’s an F-15A, F-15B, F-15C, F-15D, F-15E, F-15I Thunder, F-15S, F-151, F-15J peace eagle, and a F-15 ACTIVE.”  I never knew there were so many!!!!

       A Russian designed MiG-17 was put into a museum. These people explain about it: according to Aviation Enthusiast Corner (http://aeroweb.brooklyn.cuny.edu/specs/mig/mig17.htm) “Manufacturer: Mikoyan-Gurevich; Base model: MiG-17; Designation: Mig-17; Nickname: Fresco C; Basic role: Fighter (USSR)” Those are interesting.

    I found that some fighter jets can turn invisible. According to BBC Monitoring Americas (http://www.redorbit.com/news/space/1346614/brazil_russia_sign_agreement_on_fighter_jets_space_launch_vehicles/index.html) “Brazil is going to participate in the program to develop an advanced combat plane, the PAK-FA T-50, that will be built by the Russian Sukhoi firm. The aircraft, invisible to radar, promises to equal or exceed in performance the F-22 Raptor fighter produced in the United States (the most expensive in the world at a unit cost of 225million dollars) and should make its first flight within two years at most.So Brazil is trying to make a PAK-FA T-50 that will be invisible to the radar and will cost about 225 million dollars.

    F-15 fighter jets are real computerized. According to TIME (http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,925454,00.html?promoid=googlep)” The F-15's computerized electronic countermeasure (ECM) equipment would have taken over, perhaps electronically "disguising" the F-15 to Syrian radar, then determining which enemy threat was the most immediate. If a jet-propelled SA-6 were fired, traveling toward the Israeli plane at 2,000 m.p.h., the jet's ECM would have singled it out for intense electronic jamming, trying to overcome the SAM'S own antijamming system to send the missile veering off course. If one of the Syrian MiG-21s and MiG-23s had fired a Soviet Atoll missile at an Israeli attacker, the same ECM beaming might have "spoofed" the weapon and forced it harmlessly off course.” So that shows that an f-15 is extremely computerized. It’s basically a robot.

    Someone somehow stole parts from the military. He stole f-15 fighter jet parts and body armor. A few months later, the military found those parts that had been missing, being sold on eBay and Craig list. According to Info Packets (http://www.infopackets.com/channels/en/windows/gazette/2008/20080415_military_finds_missing_jet_parts_on_ebay.htm)” You'd think stolen military gear would be sold quietly. However, it turns out anything from jet parts to body armor is available through eBay and Craig list.” I think that is really hilarious. I’m glad that the military has it back but I still think that it is pretty silly.

      

Conclusion

See what I mean? There are so many things you can learn that you never knew… especially about fighter jets. This is probably why I never knew they existed…haha! So I hope that now you are not as stupid as I was and will continue to be.

 

 

Bibliography

Bibliography

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news

Santanu Choudhury and Bibhudatta Pradhan

India Clears Biggest Fighter Jet Contract in 15 Years (Update1)

April 28, 2008

It explains how Lockheed Martin Corp. is trying to buy out all the big fighter jet companies and become the only huge company.

 

Bibliography

http://aeroweb.brooklyn.cuny.edu/specs/mig/mig17.htm

Aviation Enthusiast Corner

Mikoyan-Gurevich Mig-17 'Fresco C'

April 28, 2008

Tells all about the MiG-17 that is in museums

 

Bibliography

http://www.redorbit.com/

BBC Monitoring Americas

Brazil, Russia Sign Agreement on Fighter Jets, Space Launch Vehicles

April 29, 2008

It tells how Brazil is trying to make a new and developed fighter jet called the PAK-FA T-50, which will be invisible to the radar and will cost 225 million dollars.

 

Bibliography

http://www.time.com/time/magazine

TIME

Into the Wild Blue Electronically-TIME

May 1, 2008

It explains all of an f-15's technology

 

Bibliography

http://www.infopackets.com/

Info Packets

Military finds missing jet parts on eBay

May 1, 2008

It tells how the military found some of they're stolen fighter jet parts on eBay.

 

Bibliography

 http://www.isa.se/templates/News____63149.aspx

ISA

Thailand to buy JAS Gripen fighter jets.

May 1, 2008

It explains what is to expect for 2017 for Thailand.

 

Bibliography

http://www.spike.com/video/2778627

SPIKE

Iran's Latest Fighter Jet

May 1, 2008

It explains Iran's latest fighter jet.

 

Bibliography

http://www.boingboing.net/2007/12/05/russian-fighter-jet.html

BOING BOING

Russian fighter jet can stop in mid-flight.

January 1, 1904

Talks about the russian fighter jet, SU-30.

 

Bibliography

http://www.defencetalk.com/

RIA Novosti

Russia's Sukhoi to become fourth largest fighter jet maker

May 1, 2008

Talks about the fourth largest fighter jet

 

Bibliography

http://www.f-16.net/f-16_forum_viewtopic-t-188.html

Pakistaniboi

F-16.net Forum Index

May 1, 2008

It is a blog in which somebody is trying to find out whether a f-16 or a f-15 is better.

 

Bibliography

http://science.howstuffworks.com/f-15.htm

Tom Harris

How f-15s work

May 2, 2008

It explains all you need to know about f-15s