Revell F-15E Strike Eagle

SKU: RMX15995
Revell skill level: 5
Recommended age: 13+
Scale: 1:72
Number of parts: 210
Length: 10.5626 in
Wingspan: 7.125 in
Height: 3.0 in

Kit Features:

Recessed panel lines
Extensive assortment of ordinance including AIM-9
Detailed cockpit with multi-piece seats
Decals for two versions
Molded in light gray and clear

The F-15E Strike Eagle is a very different aircraft with disparate capabilities compared to the original F-15 Eagle. The classic F-15A and F-15C models were air superiority fighters, but thanks to extensive modifications the F-15E proved effective in air-to-ground attack operations. First tested in 1985, the Strike Eagle is easily recognized by its two-seat cockpit and the pair of range-extending conformal side tanks mounted on the fuselage sides.

Using its LANTIRN (Low Altitude Navigation and Targeting pods) and other sophisticated avionics systems, Strike Eagles can deliver traditional heat-seeking weapons as well as advanced laser-guided "smart" bombs. In its role as a fighter-bomber, the F-15E also utilizes a six-barrel Vulcan cannon which makes the plane capable of defending itself against enemy aircraft while eliminating the need for escort fighters.

The Strike Eagle first saw combat as part of Operation Desert Storm in 1991. By the end of hostilities, about four dozen F-15E aircraft had flown a total of 2,200 missions and only two of these planes were lost to enemy fire. In the years since, the Strike Eagles have benefitted from the latest advances in electronic warfare equipment as part of the F-15E Modernization Program. At the time this was written, the F-15E was scheduled to remain in service beyond 2025.