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F-15A #287 in flight

Photo Number: EC80-12547
Photo Date: March 20, 1980
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An in-flight photo of the NASA F-15A with a 10 degree cone to collect aerodynamic information to calibrate data from wind tunnels.
Flight research carried out by NASA with two highly modified F-15 aircraft demonstrated and evaluated advanced integrated flight and propulsion control system technologies that helped make next-generation aircraft more maneuverable, more fuel efficient, and safer to fly.

One NASA F-15 was the first aircraft to demonstrate a fully integrated inlet-engine-flight control system, a self-repairing flight control system, and a propulsion-only flight control system.

The F-15 was designed as a single-seat, twin-engine air superiority fighter by McDonnell Aircraft Co., McDonnell Douglas Corporation, St. Louis, Missouri. The F-15 is normally powered by two Pratt and Whitney F100-PW-100 or 220 engines, depending on the model. The NASA F-15 was equipped with advanced versions of the F100 -- F100 EMD (engine model derivative). The aircraft was capable of flying more than twice the speed of sound. The F-15 is 63.75 feet long and has a wingspan of 42.83 feet. Both NASA F-15 were extensively modified for research activities and did not carry any armament.

NASA Photo by: NASA
Keywords: F-15, F-15A, 10 degree cone, aerodynamic data, wind tunnel

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