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F-15 Eagle

2.5 Mach

The F-15 was developed by McDonnell Douglas in the early 70's as an air-superiority fighter to challenge the Soviet Foxhound. The goal was complete dominance of the sky. The design of this single-seater aircraft emphasized maneuverability. Its thrust-to-weight ratio and low weight-to-wing-area ratio enabled it to take tight turns without losing speed and give it excellent vertical climb. The F-15 design has proven so successful and adaptable that the F-15 is still expected to be in service until 2025. Cost per unit: 30 million.