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F-15 Eagle: 1960s Chronology

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

Dec 1965

The Air Force completed and distributed its F-X study proposals to prospective bidders.

Jan 1966

The Air Force received proposals for the F-X from eight companies.

Apr 1966

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.

Jun 1967

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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