New and Improved Eagle

For those on a budget and who want to stretch their interceptor dollars there’s the latest release from Boeing of a re-configured F-15 “Silent Eagle”.

Boeing Integrated Defense Systems unveiled Tuesday the F-15 Silent Eagle (F-15SE), a new F-15 configuration designed to meet the future needs of international customers… while also perhaps steering a few potential orders away from rival Lockheed Martin’s F-22 Raptor and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.”The F-15 Silent Eagle is designed to meet our international customers’ anticipated need for cost-effective stealth technologies.

Admittedly, I’ve crossed the line into military aviation (temporarily) but I can’t help it. We worked on the fix for the landing gear a number of years ago, so I have a personal interest. It was a retrofit  for the main gear which didn’t always lock on extension- bad for a 20 ton jet. (This was before the longeron issue that could lead to in flight break up. ) All better now, and new and improved. Might make sense if you don’t have the coin to spare for the  F-22 at $350M each. I’d gladly settle for an SR-22 though.

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2 responses to “New and Improved Eagle

  1. I’d like an SR-22 too! Don’t think that will happen anytime soon with two college educations in the wings.

    BTW – you crossed into military aviation earlier with the Nancy Pelosi post. That’s a C-17 Globemaster III in the photo and not the aircraft that Pelosi flies from California to Washington.

    • AvBuddy: You are indeed an astute reader. I must beg indulgence since there are just too many great military planes out there to confine comments to only GA.

      Oh-and I’m finishing the last of three college educations so I can relate.

      Of course If I could find a partner on the SR-22 it might come true!

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