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Boeing (McDonnell-Douglas) F-15 Eagle

Typically for a fighter designed in the early 1970s the F-15 Eagle has double vertical stabilisers, cropped delta shaped wings, wedge shaped air intakes at the side of the fuselage and bubble canopy. Distinctive compared to similar aircraft are the tops of the vertical stabilisers, with a sort of antennas pointing forward. Also the vertical stabilisers are not tilted.

The nose of the F-15 with the bubble canopy and wedge shaped air intake i.e. that is at an angle compared to the air flow when viewed from the side.

From the front you see that the air intakes and vertical stabilisers are not tilted, i.e. mounted exactly vertically.

Rear fuselage of the F-15, with the antennas on top of the vertical stabilisers - typical for the F-15 - clearly visible.

Different versions

How to recognise the different versions of the F-15 will be added later.

Confusion possible with

Grumman F-14 Tomcat

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Being of the same generation, the F-14 Tomcat is one of the fighters than mostly resembles the F‑15. The F-14 however has variable sweep wings, vertical stabilisers tilted outward and air intakes tilted inward. On the F-15 the stabilisers and air intakes are straight. Finally the F-14 always has a double wheel nose gear and two seat cockpit.

Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG‑25/MiG-31

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The MiG-25 and MiG-31 are also similarly shaped as the F-15. However they have no bubble canopy, no forward pointing antennas on top of the vertical stabilisers and two wheels on the nose gear.

Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor

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The successor of the F-15, the F‑22 Raptor, also has two fins (but tilted outward), a bubble canopy and rectangular air intakes, but of a different shape when viewed from the side. Also the wings are more of a regular delta shape than a cropped delta.

Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29

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The Fulcrum has the same basic characteristics as the F-15, with one big diffe­rence: the wedge shaped air intakes are under­neath the fuselage instead of on the side of the fuselage. The same applies to the Sukhoi Su‑27 family.