Over the years, the United States has developed a strategic military partnership with Israel by equipping them with the world’s best fighter jets which include the stealthy Lockheed Martin F-35s along with what is the Middle-East nation’s largest fleet of F-16s on the planet.
While both the F-35s and F-16s remain top-notch light combat aircraft which are unquestionably rapid in the air with an array of advanced weapons to shoot down targets, Israel possesses an even bigger predator in its ranks, an American fighter which already has a century of kills without conceding, the F-15 Eagle.
Developed under US aerospace giant McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing), the F-15 Eagle is an all-weather tactical fighter was designed in 1967 to cater the US Air Force’s need for a dedicated air superiority fighter.
The Eagle made its first flight in 1972 before its official induction in 1976, after which it was exported to Israel, Japan, and Saudi Arabia. Israel’s long-ongoing association with the heavy fighters began in 1976, with the twin-engine, single-seat fighter proving to be an emphatic pure air-to-air fighter.
The F-15E boasted the powerful APG-63 radar, a combat load of four AIM-7 Sparrow radar-guided missiles, four AIM-9 Sidewinder infrared-guided missiles, and an M61 Gatling gun, which made it an invincible force in Israeli Air Force’s air fleet.
On June 27, 1979, the F-15 Eagle made aviation history that stamped Israel’s name in its books after the fighter operated by an Israeli pilot scored its first kill in a dogfight between Israeli and Syrian aircraft.
Source: Eurasian Times