The F-15 Eagle
By Harold Hutchison
Developed with lessons from the Vietnam War in mind, the F-15 Eagle was meant to take control of the skies. Since its introduction in 1976, it has done so, going undefeated in air-to-air combat.
During the Vietnam War, the inadequacy of America’s combat aircraft in the dogfight was brutally exposed – as North Vietnamese MiG-17 “Farmer” and MiG-21 “Fishbed” fighters were using ambush tactics on F-105 Thunderchief and F-4 Phantom fighters. For too many American pilots, these failures, combined with restrictive rules of engagement, meant either a stay in the Hanoi Hilton or death.