There is more about the North American candidate here than I have found anywhere else. KUDOS to the creator of this post
Most people have at least some small familiarity with the mighty McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) F-15 Eagle. First entering service in 1974, the Eagle has been the mainstay US air superiority aircraft for 40 years (uhhh….which isn’t exactly good that it’s been that long – can you imagine Wright Flyers fighting WWII?). It’s a beautiful ship. It has an unparalleled air to air combat record – over 100 kills and zero losses (although, the quality of the opposition does sort of diminish that record). But what everyone knows as the F-15 could have been a radically different, and in some ways even more capable, aircraft, had things gone a bit differently.
The military, in particular, almost never produces a weapon system without a competition within private industry to try to find the very best product available. The competition that produced the F-15 was started in the late 60’s and was…
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