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F-15 Eagle: 1970s Chronology

Originally Compiled By:
James R. Ciborski
History Office
Aeronautical Systems Center
Air Force Materiel Command
Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
June 2002
1 Jan 1970

F-15 development contract F33657-70-C-0300 with McDonnell Douglas became effective. This enabled McDonnell Douglas to begin full-scale development.

27 Feb 1970

Pratt and Whitney of West Palm Beach, Florida, selected as the F-15 engine contractor.

27 Aug 1970

The Air Force canceled the AIM-82A Short Range Missile for the F-15.

30 Sep 1970

Hughes Aircraft Company selected as the subcontractor for the F-15 radar systems.

8 Apr 1971

F-15 critical design review completed.

8 Jun 1971

The Air Force and U.S. Navy signed a joint agreement for developing the AIM-9L Short Range Missile for the F-15.

18 Jun 1971

The Air Force approved the F100 engine design for the F-15.

29 Apr 1972

Maj Gen Benjamin N. Bellis, Program Director for the F-15, promoted from the rank of brigadier general.

31 May 1972

Government approval of the F100 engine preliminary flight rating test program.

26 Jun 1972

Rollout of the first F-15 vehicle.

27 Jul 1972

First flight of the F-15 aircraft.

17 Oct 1972

The Deputy Secretary of Defense approved funding for F-15 long-lead items.

23 Feb 1973

The Deputy Secretary of Defense authorized Fiscal Year 1973 production of the F-15.

1 Mar 1973

Production approval for 30 operational aircraft and full production funding.

25 Apr 1973

The Department of Defense directed the USAF to conduct a complete 150-hour test program on the F100 engine.

Jul 1973

First flight of the F-15B (TF-15A).

Jun 1974

The F-15 Pacer Century program to evaluate engine durability commenced.

18 Sep 1974

Representatives from the Deputy for F-15 and Air Force Logistics Command (AFLC) agreed upon 1 January 1980 as the transition date for F-15 management and engineering responsibility. On this date AFLC would assume responsibility from Air Force Systems Command (AFSC).

14 Nov 1974

McDonnell Douglas delivered the first two operational aircraft, TF# (73-108) and TF4 (73-109) to the Tactical Air Command (TAC) at Luke AFB, Arizona.

Sep 1975

The first F-15 squadron reached initial operational capability.

14 Sep 1975

F-15 73-0088 crashed near Luke AFB.

Apr 1976

The Air Force authorized use of a common ejection seat in the F-15, F-16, and A-10 aircraft.

22 May 1976

The Deputy for F-15 received the Daedalian Weapon System Award. Maj Gen Robert C. Mathis, F-15 program director, accepted the Colonel Franklin C. Wolfe Memorial Trophy, symbolizing the achievement.

30 Jun 1976

Tristan J. Keating retired as Director of Systems Engineering for the F-15. He served the government for 37 years.

Sep 1976

Fred T. Rall, Jr., received the first Air Breathing Propulsion Award for his contributions to developing the F100 engine. The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics presented the award.

10 Oct 1976

Brig Gen Robert Scurlock succeeded Maj Gen R. C. Mathis as the F-15 program director.

18 Nov 1976

Herbert J. Hickey, Jr., won the Harold Brown Award for engineering F-15 handling qualities.

Jan 1977

The F-15 Production Eagle Package (PEP-2000) began, a program to increase the aircraft's fuel capacity.

27 Apr 1977

The Air Force deployed the Eagle overseas for the first time when 23 F-15s from Langley AFB, Virginia, flew to Bitburg Air Base in Germany.

5 May 1977

Decision Coordinating Paper 19 increased the F-15 procurement cost from $9.88 billion to $11.68 billion.

1 Oct 1977

Responsibility for the F100 engine transferred to the Deputy for Propulsion. The Deputy for F-15/JEPO became simply the Deputy for F-15.

18 Oct 1977

Program Management Directive (PMD) R-P2060(13) /27130F redesignated the F-15. The F-15A and F-15B became the F-15C and the F-15D, respectively.

28 Dec 1977

The Japanese National Defense Council announced that funds for purchasing 100 F-15s would be in the fiscal year 1978 budget.

Jun 1978

Maj Gen Robert Scurlock, Deputy for F-15 became the USAF Director of Budget in Washington, D.C. Col D.B. Englund became acting director.

Jul 1978

The United States completed arrangements with Israel and Saudi Arabia for delivery of F-15 aircraft.

11 Aug 1978

The Air Staff directed AFSC to incorporate an air-start capability into the F-15's F100 engine.

16 Oct 1978

Col Delbert H. Jacobs became ASD's Deputy for F-15 replacing acting director Col D. B. Englund.

29 Dec 1978

An F-15 crashed near Indian Springs, Nevada.

Feb 1979

The Deputy of Engineering completed an investigation of the problems associated with F-15 vertical tail fin vibration.

19-27 Mar 1979

The USAF convened a committee of fuel system experts to examine the F-15 fuel system and assess engineering changes.

Jun 1979

F-15 Foreign Military Sales totaled 108 aircraft worth approximately $2.5 billion.

Jun 1979

To date, McDonnell Douglas had delivered 424 F-15A and F-15B aircraft.

Aug 1979

Col Kenneth R. Johnson succeeded Brig Gen Delbert H. Jacobs as Deputy for F-15.

Sep 1979

The Air Force deployed the first F-15 squadron at Kadena, Okinawa.

Sep 1979

As of this date the contractor had delivered 28 F-15C and 5 F-15D aircraft.

Oct 1979

The Air Force discovered wing cracking in F-15 aircraft stationed at Bitburg Air Base, Germany.

23 Oct 1979

Program Management Transfer (PMRT) date of January 1980 extended to 1 October 1982 based on award of last production contract of March 1982.

23 Oct 1979

Headquarters Air Force directed AFSC to extend the F-15 delivery schedule from fiscal year 1983 into 1984.



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