The desire to make aeroplanes fly as quickly as possible has fueled aviation designers' passions worldwide since since the development of the jet engine in the 1940s. We all know that the SR-71 Blackbird and the hypersonic X-15 are two of the fastest aeroplanes ever built.
The United States has produced many outstanding fighter jets over the years. The F-104 Starfighter, also known as "the missile with a man in it," is one example. The more contemporary F/A-18 Hornet is next, followed by the F-22 Raptor and the F-35 Lightning II, which are undoubtedly the best available right now.
The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II, a very powerful aircraft that was slowly losing its capabilities, was to be replaced, and this is where the first F-15 Eagle came into being. When the F-15 first entered service, it quickly established itself as a very proficient fighter, amassing up to 100 aerial combat victories and, as of at least 2007, no F-15 losses in air-to-air combat.
The manufacturer believed that this new model would supplement the earlier iterations of the F-15s and replace the F-111 Aardvark as well as what was then left of the F-4 Phantom fleet. The Hughes Corporation and McDonnell Douglas would collaborate extensively to develop the F-15E Strike Eagle's air-to-ground capability.
The F-15E would feature deep-strike mission capabilities in addition to air-to-air combat abilities, which were not present in the original F-15. The F-15's airframe, however, was adaptable enough to be quickly modified to meet the requirements of the F-15E despite the mission changes.
The new Strike Eagle was outfitted with a massive tactical electronic warfare system, or TEWS, but it still includes a back seat for a weapon systems officer, or wizzo. All defence mechanisms on the plane, including the radar itself, numerous jammers, and flare/chaff dispensers, were incorporated into this.
The aircraft, however, quickly fulfilled its potential. The aircraft easily destroyed 18 Iraqi jets during ground assaults, and the F-15E's lone air-to-air victory of the conflict involved shooting down a Mil Mi-24 helicopter. After Iraq, the planes were utilised in Turkey throughout the 1990s during the Southern and Northern Watch operations.
Even though the F-35 Lightning II has been unveiled, it is doubtful that the F-15 will be phased out anytime soon. There will be more iterations of the aircraft; the most recent is the F-15EX Eagle II, which will improve upon the original Strike Eagle.
Additionally, the aircraft has been successfully used by air forces all around the world, particularly in Israel. Despite having made its first flight more than 35 years ago, the F-15E Strike Eagle has a strong chance of continuing to be in use for many more years. And the brand-new EX Eagle II will make sure that its history continues for many more years.