McDonnell Douglas F-15C Eagle – 493th FS Grim Reapers USAF, RAF Lakenheath 1/48 (Displayed)
1 in stock
1 in stock
Superb 1/48 scale diecast model of F-15C Eagle in the livery of the 493th FS Grim Reapers USAF, based at RAF Lakenheath, Suffolk, UK. With fixed lowered undercarriage, no display stand.
Length 15.5 inches Wingspan 10.5 inches
Please note: this is an ex Display model so may have the odd small imperfection. Please do not purchase if this will bother you. Similarly the box has several scuffs and creases associated with being on a shop shelf.
In 1967 the U.S. became aware of the Soviet MiG-25 Foxbat. This made it necessary to develop a new aircraft to counter the MiG-25. The USAF rejected the USN F-14 Tomcat and issued its own requirements. The solution came in the form of the McDonnell-Douglas (now Boeing) F-15 Eagle. The F-15A made its inaugural flight in July 1972 and in January 1976 the first Eagle entered service. The “E” entered service in 1989. The F-15 was the first dedicated USAF air superiority fighter since the F-86 Sabre. 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 until 2025.