McDonnell Douglas F-15J Eagle – 305th Tactical Fighter Squadron 40th Anniversary, JASDF 2019
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JCW72F15012 JC Wings F-15J Eagle, 305th Tactical Fighter Squadron 40th Anniversary, JASDF, Nyutabaru Air Base 2019. Limited Edition of 800 pieces.
Length 10.75 inches Wingspan 7.75 inches
McDonnell Douglas/Mitsubishi F-15J 62-8876 belongs to the 7th Wing, 305th Squadron now based at Nyutabaru. The squadrons previous base Hyakuri is near a park that has plum trees so a plum blossom on top of a Hinomaru (Red Sun Disc) is used as their emblem. To honor the 40th Anniversary of the squadron the 305th undertook great detail in designing and painting their spectacular tribute on F-15J 62-8876. The pattern is a spectacular array of digitalised patterns associated with plum tree and blossoms located over almost the entire aircraft.
Designed to meet US Air Force requirements for an air superiority fighter to replace the F-4 Phantom, the F-15 Eagle first flew on July 27, 1972. The Air Force needed a fighter that could engage long range targets, a skill the F-4 did not possess. The F-15 has a pulse-Doppler radar system, which can track small high-speed targets up to 120 nautical miles away and can lock its missile onto targets up to 50 nautical miles away. With more than 100 aerial combat victories, the F-15 is said to be one of the most successful modern fighters. It is expected to remain in service beyond 2025.
The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) has the F-15J as the main fighter aircraft for National air defence. It is a supersonic, all-weather air superiority fighter based on the F-15C Eagle, with some modifications made such as radar warning. It is manufactured under license as the F-15J, with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. as the primary contractor. The first F-15J was delivered to JASDF in 1981 and a total of 213 have been built.