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F-15A/B And F-15C/D Identification Question  
User currently offlineBlackbird From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 4599 times:

Other than the conformal tanks is there any other way to visually identify an F-15A/B from an F-15C/D?


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User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12128 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 4459 times:

No. The F-15A/C and B/D have identical exteriors. There are numerous internal differences.

User currently offlineEBJ1248650 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1932 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 4454 times:



Quoting Blackbird (Thread starter):

The first two digits of F-15C/D serial numbers are 78 and I understand the last ones had 86 as the first two digits. Externally, I don't think you can tell the difference, though the A and B model airplanes wouldn't be seen with conformal fuel tanks while the C and D models could mount them.

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User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12128 posts, RR: 51
Reply 3, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 4347 times:



Quoting EBJ1248650 (Reply 2):
The first two digits of F-15C/D serial numbers are 78 and I understand the last ones had 86 as the first two digits.

The USAF tail numbers always have the US Government FY of the purchase order placed, under the exsisting contract. For example the 78 through 86 you referred to were for FY 1978 to FY 1986. That means the airplane's whos tail number starting with the 78 was ordered in FY 1978.

It has nothing to do with the aircraft model. FY 1977 would have been a difficult year to pick out a perticular model of the F-15, as F-15A/Bs were ordered in the first half of FY-77, and F-15C/Ds were ordered in the second half of FY-77. The airplane block numbers and tail number groupings were different.


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