The most unbelievable event involving an F-15 occurred in Israel when one of it's F-15's was involved in an air-to-air collision with a Douglas A-4 Skyhawk, the Skyhawk exploded and the F-15 lost one of it's wings, however it returned to base and successfully landed, was eventually re-winged and flew again! not possible? McDonnell-Douglas, the aircraft's original manufacture, thought so and refused to believe it until shown a video recording of the incident!
It is of note that all F-15's in service were grounded in November 2007 following the in-air break-up of a Missouri Air National Guard F-15C. The F-15C and F-15D fighters are due to be replaced by the F-22 Raptor as they become available, the ground attack variant, the F-15E, is to remain in service possibly until 2025.
Boeing F-15C Eagle Specifications:
- Crew: Pilot only
- Length: 63 ft 9 in (19.43 m)
- Wingspan: 42 ft 10 in (13.05 m)
- Height: 18 ft 6 in (5.63 m)
- Empty weight: 28,000 lb (12,700 kg)
- Loaded weight: 44,500 lb (20,200 kg)
- Max takeoff weight: 68,000 lb (30,845 kg)
- Engines: Twin 29,000 lbf Pratt & Whitney F100 afterburning turbofans
- Maximum speed: Mach 2.5+ (1875 mph, 3018 km/h)
- Combat radius: 1,061 nmi (1,222 mi, 1,967 km) for interdiction mission
- Service ceiling 65,000 ft (20,000 m)
- Rate of climb: 50,000 ft/min (254 m/s)