F-15 Eagle: 1960s ChronologyOriginally Compiled By:
James R. Ciborski
Aeronautical Systems Center
Air Force Materiel Command
Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
|29 April 1965||
Headquarters Air Force initiated the F-X program by directing Air Force Systems Command (AFSC)"to begin efforts toward acquiring a new tactical fighter, the F-X."
|16 Jun 1965||
AFSC directed the Aeronautical Systems Division (ASD) to act on prerequisite studies for the F-X.
|22 Jun 1965||
The initial F-X briefing described "a small, low cost, high performance aircraft capable of visual air-to-ground and air-to-air missions." Air Force plans called for an initial operational capability (IOC) in the early 1970s.
The Air Force completed and distributed its F-X study proposals to prospective bidders.
The Air Force received proposals for the F-X from eight companies.
The Air Force selected three companies to compete for the F-X contract: Lockheed-California Company; North American Aviation, Incorporated; and the Boeing Company.
|12 Aug 1966||
ASD officially established a systems program office (SPO) for the F-X.
F-15 Concept Formulation Package (CFP).
|24 Oct 1968||
The Air Force officially redesignated the F-X as the ZF-15A.
The F-X Advanced Tactical Fighter SPO was reorganized and operational control passed to the Deputy for Systems Management.
|14 Jul 1969||
The F-15 program office became an independent organizational element reporting directly to the AFSC Commander. ASD continued to provide administrative, logistical, and engineering support for the program. Col Benjamin N. Bellis, brigadier general select, appointed as Deputy for the F-15.
|19 Oct 1969||
Headquarters AFSC designated the F-15 SPO as the Deputy for F-15. All divisions within the program rose to become directorates of the deputate.
|23 Dec 1969||
The Air Force selected the McDonnell Aircraft Company of the McDonnell Douglas Corporation in St. Louis, Missouri, as prime contractor for development and production of the F-15.
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