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    F-15U+

    Howdy. I've been reading these forums for a while now but only now do I have something worth posting about. Er...

    Does anyone have any info or pics of the F-15U and F-15U+? I do know that it was offered to the UAE but shot down in favor of the F-16E/F. It had a larger wing and apparently Thrust Vectoring too, but that's all I could dig up on it. Anyone know more about this concept?

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    The F-15U was a model of the F-15E Strike Eagle,pretty basic model.The F-15U+ was the model with a large delta wing going all the way back,replacing the horizonal stabilizers,along the lines of the F-16XL.I'm not sure if there were any drawings of it or not.For what its worth,the F-15U+ is on the Playstation 2 game "Air Force Delta Strike".

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    Yeah, I've seen it in that game before (which sucked, IMO). Well, one website says it was a clipped delta, so it would have kept the horizontal stabilizers along with a larger wing with 50 degree sweep (According this this page, at least, which doesn't say much else)

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    I think there's a picture of this in Bill Sweetman's old book on the F-22 that came out not too long after Raptor 01 took to the air. If I can find the cord I'll see about scanning it this weekend.
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    Is the F-15U/U+ a version with YF-22 wings?
    If so, I'll look through my old Flug-Revue's during the weekend.
    I remember seening a top drawing pic in one issue.
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    No,I think you're thinking of the F-15 MANX.That one looked a little like the F-22,well,more like the F-23,in layout.The standard F-15U looked like a regular F-15E,except that it had the nose mounted FLIR systems like the F-16E/F.The F-15U+ had a cranked delta wing like the F-16XL for more fuel and weapons.

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    is this the "U" ???
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    No, I do not meen the F-15 Manx as in the pic Deino sent.
    I'll search during the weekend.
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    MDD F-15U - "New wings for the Eagle"

    Well, I could not wait and searched trough my old copies of "Flug Revue".

    From Flug-Revue 12/1994, page 71, author Karl Schwarz:
    MDD F-15U - Neue Flügel für den Adler (engl.:"New wings for the Eagle")

    F-15U (compared to F-15E):
    Bigger wing with double wing profile (looks like a YF-22 wing in the pic, but not mentioned in the text)
    2,5 tons more fuel
    30 % more range
    Combat?/Action range: 1650 km
    Maximum speed: Mach 1.8 (F-15E: Mach 2,5)
    More and heavier armament
    No mention of built-in LANTRIN targeting and navigation pods and TVC.
    A clean F-15U would have a smaller RCS than a clean F-15E.

    The new wing by Phantoms Works will have the same attachment points to the fuselage as other versions, so older versions can be refit with that new wing.
    The F-15U was also offered to the USAF, if the USAF need new fighter bombers for the F-111 or when the F-22 has problems. You remember, the last USAF F-111s were withdrawn from service in 1996.
    In the article the F-16U was also mentioned.

    Edit: Attached the pic!
    Source: Flug-Revue 12/1994, page 71, author Karl Schwarz
    Last edited by fightingirish; 24th February 2007 at 13:32.
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    Very cool, fightingirisg!

    I wonder if the USAF may reconsider the U+ or something similar if the long range bomber replacement (FB-22, B-1R, etc) gets into trouble. An upgrade would be a helluva lot cheaper than an FB-22 would cost and would probably have similar capabilities, not to meintion stealth.

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