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F-15A differences versus F-15C

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F-15A differences versus F-15C
Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, March 2, 2003 9:29 PM
Hi, most of the reference books that I can find deal with the C model Eagle or the E Model, they just touch on the subject of the A model Eagle! Can anyone tell me if the differences are cosmetic? Engine upgrade? or maybe as simple as radar change and maybe different burner cans? Any help on the subject would help....Most of the kits you can find now are F-15C, But I want to model a F-15A of the 318th FIS, based out of McChord AFB Tacoma, Washington. I have the decals.....all i need now is info, and pick the right kit ........Thanks, Sven
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Posted by weebles on Sunday, March 2, 2003 11:40 PM
I'm shootin from the hip here, but I believe the major difference would be conformal fuel tanks on the sides of the fuselage. There's probably more, but I can't think of it at the moment. I have a tape on the F-15 and I believe it is discussed in there. If it's important I can run though it. Let me know.
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Posted by toadwbg on Monday, March 3, 2003 10:40 AM
If my memory serves me right, the major difference between the A and C is the engines. Their may be several avionics and other "black box" upgrades inside the airframe but they are invisable to the outside.

Monogram made the A and C kits out of the same tooling in 1/48th scale, I think they just added the differnt exhaust nozles for the C. It's a great kit that can be found for less than $15. The only thing I would replace is the Aces II ejection seat. If you do some searching around, someone may have the old A afterburner cans.

Minicraft Academy made an excellent 1/72 scale F-15A. See if that's still available.

The E is very different, it is a 2-seater and has the FAST packs under the wing.
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Posted by berny13 on Monday, March 3, 2003 11:01 AM
The C/D models were equiped to carry the FAST packs, but were very seldom used. The only other change was the addition of leading edge fuel tanks in the wings. toadwbg is correct in "Black Box" upgrades.


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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, March 3, 2003 4:11 PM
Thanks for the Info everyone :).......Sven
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Posted by chasblake99 on Wednesday, March 5, 2003 2:56 AM
Being a old (did I say that) F-15A Crew Chief, the only outward visible difference between the A and the C are some antenna locations, but that will depend upon the specific aircraft. A different location for the ground communication panel, the C was futher forward under the left intake and the C has a beefier main landing gear with a different wheel design then the A.
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Posted by Butz on Wednesday, March 5, 2003 3:06 AM
Toadwgb like the rest are right on. With the engines being diff,the A's had turkey feathers while the C and later models didn't. This was due to better ease of maintenance.
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