The Contrails: Aircraft, Weapons Systems: F-15E Strike 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)

Two F-15E aircraft assigned to the 90th Fighter Squadron, Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, fire AIM-7M's during a training mission over the Gulf of Mexico. (U.S. Air Force Photo)

Two F-15E aircraft assigned to the 90th Fighter Squadron, Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, fire AIM-7M's during a training mission over the Gulf of Mexico. (U.S. Air Force Photo)

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- Manufacturer: McDonnell Douglas

Function: Air-to-Ground Attack Aircraft

Service Date: 1988

Speed: 1,875 mph

Crew: Two

Production: 236

Inventory: 219

Commentary: A heavily modified, two-seat, dual-role variant of the F-15, with weapons
systems integrated for all-weather deep interdiction missions and as air-to-air combat. During Desert Storm, 48 USAF F-15Es deployed to the Persian Gulf where they operated at
night, hunting Scud missile launchers and artillery sites.