Two F-15 Eagles flew unrestricted over former East
Germany for the first time since 1949.
Jan. 3, 1995. Two F-15 Eagles from the 53rd Fighter Squadron, Spangdahlem AB, Germany, flew unrestricted over former East Germany for the first time since 1949. The F-15 is a twin engine, high performance, all weather air superiority fighter. First flown on July 27, 1972, the Eagle entered USAF inventory on Nov. 14, 1974. It was the first U.S. fighter to have engine thrust greater than the normal weight of the aircraft, allowing it to accelerate while in a vertical climb. This, combined with low aircraft weight to wing area, makes the Eagle very highly maneuverable. The Eagle has been produced in single-seat and two-seat versions.
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