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McDonnell Douglas F-15A-19-MC "Eagle"
Engines: Two Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-100 turbofans; 23,950lbs thrust each in afterburner
Wingspan: 42 ft 9 3/4 in
Length: 63 ft 9 in
Height: 18 ft 5 1/2 in
Weight: empty: 27,000 lbs; max: 56,000 lbs
Speed: max: 1,650 mph (Mach 2.5); cruise: 570 mph
Range: 3,450 miles with external fuel tanks
Service Ceiling: 65,000 ft
Armament: One 20mm rotary cannon; 4 AIM-7 Sparrow air-to-air missiles; 4 AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles; up to 15,000 lbs external ordnance
This F-15A-19-MC, "Pride of Bay County" (S/N 77-0090), was manufactured by McDonnell Douglas Corporation in St. Louis, Missouri, and accepted by the USAF on October 31, 1978. The aircraft was assigned the next month to the 32nd Tactical Fighter Squadron of US Air Forces Europe at Soesterberg Air Base, The Netherlands.
In July 1980 the aircraft was transferred to the 33rd Tactical Fighter Wing of the Tactical Air Command at Eglin AFB, Florida. The 57th Fighter Weapons Wing at Nellis AFB, Nevada, took possession of the aircraft in November 1982, where it remained until was transferred in February 1984 to the 405th Tactical Fighter Wing at Luke AFB, Arizona.
In February 1992 the aircraft was assigned to the 325th Fighter Wing at Tyndall AFB, Florida. There it was first assigned to the 95th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron and later moved to the 1st Fighter Squadron. The aircraft was retired in early 1994 with 3,500 flight hours. It was refurbished for static display by personnel of the 653rd Combat Logistics Support Squadron at Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, Robins AFB, and transported to Hill Aerospace Museum, arriving in late March 1994.
The aircraft is painted in the ghost gray camouflage scheme and emblazoned with silk-screens of the three fighter squadrons assigned to Tyndall AFB, with Brigadier General Clinton V. Van Horn, the 325th Fighter Wing Commander, as pilot. As the wing flagship, 77-0090 "Pride of Bay County" represents the special bond that the 325th FW personnel had with the residents of Bay County, Florida.