The Contrails: Aircraft, Weapons Systems: F-15A/B/C/D Eagle

An F-15A from the 123 Fighter Squadron, 142 Fighter Wing, takes off from Portland Air National Guard Base, Portland, Oregon, in 2006 (U.S. Air Force photo by John Hughel)

An F-15A from the 123 Fighter Squadron, 142 Fighter Wing, takes off from Portland Air National Guard Base, Portland, Oregon, in 2006 (U.S. Air Force photo by John Hughel)

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY PUBLIC AFFAIRS -- Manufacturer: McDonnell Douglas, now Boeing

Function: Tactical Fighter

Service Date: 1974 

Speed: 1,875 mph

Crew: One (A/C), Two (B/D) 

Production: 874 Inventory: 249

Commentary: F-15 fighters deployed to Desert Storm accounted for 34 of the 37 USAF air-to-air
victories, and in Iraqi Freedom F-15Cs' led coalition aircraft in maintaining aerial dominance.