Pre-production McDonnell-Douglas F-15 Eagles
The fourth McDonnell-Douglas F-15A Eagle 71-0283 was displayed at the Edwards Air Force Base Open House on May 16, 1973. It was painted in Air Superiority Blue with dayglo high visiblity markings.
Later in the day the crowd had moved in. The dayglo appears more orange on Agfachrome. It was last reported at the Defense Supply Center at Richmond, Virginia.
The second F-15A 71-0281 was bailed to NASA in 1975 and displayed at the Edwards AFB open house on November 16, 1975. It was painted white and had similar high visibility markings. It was returned to the Air Force to be displayed at Langley AFB, Virginia in 1983.
Two 3/8-scale F-15 Remotely Piloted Research Vehicles (RPRV) were built for hazardous tests. This on ewas displayed at Edwards AFB on Novvember 16, 1975. They were launched from the NB-52B Stratofortress that had launched the X-15 and lifting bodies.Initially, they were retrieved by helicopters at the end of their flight. Later they were equippped with skid landing gear and landed on the dry lakebed.
The ninth F-15A 71-0288 was displayed at Edwards AFB on November 13, 1977.
US Air Force Pre-production Jet Fighters
Edwards AFB displays.
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