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The F-15A entered service in 1972 as "the first dedicated USAF air superiority fighter since the F-86 Sabre." More than three decades and myriad models and variants later, the F-15 is still the U.S. Air Force's premiere air superiority weapon, a veteran of U.S. conflicts as recent as Operation Desert Storm and presently serving in the air forces of U.S. allies around the world. F-15 Eagle at War, featuring the spectacular aerial photography of author Tyson V. Rininger, follows the design, manufacture, and performance of the F-15 from its first appearance through its service in various Cold War and contemporary conflicts. The book profiles each model and upgrade in technology up to the F-15C, D, and E models that served in the Persian Gulf, where they claimed 36 of 39 Air Force victories in air-to-air combat. It is a fitting and thoroughly fascinating tribute to this celebrated aircraft and icon of the U.S. Air Force.
About the Author
Tyson V. Rininger is the top photographer for the International Council of Air Shows. His books include Red Flag: Air Combat for the 21st Century, and his photos and articles have been published in numerous magazines, including multiple covers for AirShows magazine and World Airshow News. He also works with many other publications, including Air & Space Smithsonian, Aviation Week & Space Technology, Flight Journal, Aircraft Illustrated and Combat Aircraft magazine, Sport Aerobatics, InFlight USA, and Pacific Flyer. He lives in Monterey, California.
What People are Saying About This
Cybermodeler Online “…this is a well-done book that will provide a unique look into some operational history and some interesting facts behind one of the finest American fighter aircraft ever built.”
Plane & Pilot
"This book details the F-15's history, from the Cold War to the Middle East, with spectacular photography, and covers the aircraft's design, manufacture and variants."
The Aptos Times“Filled with excellent color and black and white photos, this is the story of a combat aircraft that changed air supremacy since it was introduced in the 1970s. Covering the design and manufacture of the airframe, as well as its service in various conflicts and its myriad models and variants, this pictorial history pays tribute to the F-15 and its unparalleled success in combat. “With its superb aerodynamics, unbelievable acceleration, advanced avionics and aerial weaponry, the F-15 was a formidable aerial adversary during the height of the Cold War. Those interested in military aircraft or aviation history will find this an engrossing read and this is a book they'll definitely wish to add to their libraries.”
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