At first glance, this F-15C Eagle looks striking
with well-applied paintwork and factory-applied
waterslide decals, both of which highlight that
the plane is modeled after the “Gulf Spirit” livery.
;e big “glass” cockpit has a well-detailed pilot
bust, including an “ejection seat” and instrument
panel preinstalled. ;e rear end of the fighter has
hot-looking exhaust-nozzle details, which look
fantastic and also arrive to you preassembled.
More scale additions are included in the form
of a Vulcan cannon, antennae and Pitot tube,
ECM blisters, and realistic intake details. I could
go on about the scale features here but would
rather tell you about some of the functions, too.
;ere are a dozen actuators (included), which
operate the standard flight controls such as
roll, pitch, and yaw. ;en there are flaps, an air
brake, retractable landing gear, and sequenced
landing-gear doors. Instead of quickly operating
and slamming up and down, the gear actuates
slowly and scalelike, which looks cool in flight.
Bright LEDs are included and installed, and
include a landing light on the front strut. ;ese
shock–absorbing aluminum gear struts have
metal trunnions, and make the landing-gear
system quite durable and short-grass sorties
doable. ;e aforementioned lighting shows up
well during the day but will likely make you head
out early for dawn patrol. All servo connection
A WINNING DESIGN
In September 1968, a request for proposals was sent out to the major American aerospace companies. Requirements called for a single-seat fighter aircraft with a maximum takeoff weight of 40,000 pounds. It was to be
designed and built for air-to-air situations, and it needed to be able to achieve a maximum speed of Mach 2.5 and
also have a thrust-to-weight ratio of nearly 1:1. Fairchild Republic, North American Rockwell, and McDonnell Douglas
were selected to offer their designs and definitions. These companies submitted their technical proposals, and the
Air Force announced on December 23, 1969, that McDonnell Douglas would be “the one.” Its winning design—a twin-tailed, fixed-wing aircraft named the “F- 15”—is one of the best-looking airplanes in existence. Despite being born in
the ’70s, it is still regarded as one of the best-flying and best-achieving aircraft in history. The high thrust-to-weight
ratio and low wing loading allow the plane to turn tightly without losing speed, which demonstrates its awesome
advantage in dogfights. This jet is also known for being among the most successful fighter airplanes ever, with
more than 100 victories and no losses in aerial combat.
Above: It’s tight, but
there is enough room
for a flight pack and
receiver. ;e magnets
and latch keep the
canopy on well.
Left: ;e business end
of the F- 15 sounds
as sweet as it looks.
;e exhaust detail is
PILOT REPORT MOTION RC FREEWING F-15C EAGLE