McDonnell Douglas F-15A Eagle (77-0132 / CR) as used by the US Air Force (USAF) at the Military Aviation Museum, Kamp Zeist (the Netherlands)
The McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) F-15 Eagle is an American twin-engine, all-weather tactical fighter designed by McDonnell Douglas to gain and maintain air superiority in aerial combat. It is among the most successful modern fighters, with over 100 aerial combat victories. Following reviews of proposals, the United States Air Force selected McDonnell Douglas' design in 1967 to meet the service's need for a dedicated air superiority fighter. The Eagle first flew in July 1972, and entered service in 1976. The Eagle has since been exported to Israel, Japan, and Saudi Arabia, among other nations. The F-15 was originally envisioned as a pure air superiority aircraft. Its design included a secondary ground-attack capability that was largely unused. The design proved flexible enough that an all-weather strike derivative, the F-15E Strike Eagle, was later developed, entering service in 1989. The F-15 Eagle is expected to be in service with the United States Air Force past 2025. Newer models are still being produced for foreign users. The F-15 production line is set to end in 2019, 47 years after the type's first flight.
This McDonnell Douglas F-15A Eagle, c/n 55/A044 , has a fake United States Air Force (USAF) registration 77-0132 / CR;
its previous identity was: 74-0083 (United States Air Force) which served with the 1st Tactical Fighter Wing at Langley (USA)
Later it was used as battle damage repair airframe at Bitburg Air Base (Germany) but was moved in 1994 to the Military Aviation Museum (MLM).
It flew from 1978 until 1994 with the 32nd Tactical Fighter Squadron of the US Air Force in Europe (USAFE) based at Soesterberg Air Base.
On 13 January 1994 the last F-15 Eagle of the 32nd Tactical Fighter Squadron officially left Soesterberg Air Base.
The F-15 Eagle aircraft where flown back to the Otis Air National Guard Base, Massachusetts in the Unites States.
The nose-art is of the 32nd Fighter Group "Wolfhounds" 1954-1994.