So I'm trying to do at least a picture a day. I will have to admit, it is pretty tough to come up with a subject during the winter with it pretty much dark when I leave work and the weather. I guess this gives me a chance to experiment with pictures that I don't normally do.
For this pictures, I took one of my models and used the light from my iPhone to light it. I was actually hoping that would illuminate the plane fairly well and leave the background darker.
In 1968, the US Air Force send out a request for proposal for an aircraft to replace the F-4 Phantom. They were looking for a plane with around 40,000 pounds of weight, a nearly 1 to 1 thrust ratio and single seat. In 1969, McDonnell Douglas was announced as the winner of the contest.
The first flight of the F-15 was in 1972 and it reached operation in 1976. Compare that with the dates for the F-22 sometime. An offshoot in the F-15E Strike Eagle was developed a little later. The F-15 still flies with the US Air Force as the C version. It also flies with a number of our allies. It is a pretty capable aircraft (but I still think the F-14 Tomcat is better).