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User currently offline747400sp From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3758 posts, RR: 2
Posted (7 years 8 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 7689 times:

I read that the USN has done study on a Navy version of the F-15 called the F-15N. As a some what Fan of the F-15, I was curius about how a carrier version of the F-15 looks. I know it had to have, a twin wheel nose gear and a strouger main gear. Also it had to have a different wing. If anybody has any info on the F-15N, please post it? thank you.

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User currently offlineEBJ1248650 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1932 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (7 years 8 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 7655 times:

Quoting 747400sp (Thread starter):
I read that the USN has done study on a Navy version of the F-15 called the F-15N. As a some what Fan of the F-15, I was curius about how a carrier version of the F-15 looks. I know it had to have, a twin wheel nose gear and a strouger main gear. Also it had to have a different wing. If anybody has any info on the F-15N, please post it? thank you.

The F-15N may be akin to the F-16N in terms of what the Navy wants it to do. The F-16N is an aggressor airplane built specifically for the Navy and used exclusively in that role. I have a feeling what the Navy is looking for is an airplane about the size of the larger Sukhois (SU-27, etc.) so that their pilots can get some experience fighting a jet fighter with that kind of size and performance. With F-15Cs becoming available (apparently) as the F-22 comes on line, it might not be too hard for the Navy to get enough of them to outfit at least one new Aggressor squadron. Just my thoughts.



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User currently offlineAgill From Sweden, joined Feb 2004, 1012 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 7538 times:

I didn't think it would be possible to convert an aircraft for carrier use. Doesn't that need some serious rebuilding if the frame?

User currently offlineOroka From Canada, joined Dec 2006, 913 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 8 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 7503 times:

Why not just buy a few SU-30s from somewhere

User currently offlineCV990A From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1428 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 7321 times:

Quoting Oroka (Reply 3):
Why not just buy a few SU-30s from somewhere

Venezuela?  duck 

What's wrong with using the older F/A-18C/Ds as larger aggressor aircraft? Buying a specialized F-15 for this role doesn't make much sense, especially with all the 'success' they had with the F-16N.



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User currently offlineEBJ1248650 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1932 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 7306 times:

Quoting CV990A (Reply 4):
What's wrong with using the older F/A-18C/Ds as larger aggressor aircraft? Buying a specialized F-15 for this role doesn't make much sense, especially with all the 'success' they had with the F-16N.

The Navy is already using Hornets as Aggressors. I would have thought they might consider using the Tomcat if they wanted a big fighter to simulate the Sukhoi jets, but the Tomcat doesn't have the F-15's performance. Too, I don't believe the Hornet can simulate the big Sukhoi in terms of size or performance. Makes sense the Navy would want the Eagle for a proper aggressor aircraft if they can get it. Wouldn't operate from carriers, obviously, but may need some modifications to meet the Navy's specific needs.



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User currently offline747400sp From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3758 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (7 years 8 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 7258 times:

Quoting EBJ1248650 (Reply 1):
The F-15N may be akin to the F-16N in terms of what the Navy wants it to do.

No. This was a carrier base plane.


User currently offlineEBJ1248650 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1932 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (7 years 8 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 7237 times:

Quoting 747400sp (Reply 6):
No. This was a carrier base plane.

Are you talking about the navalized F-15 that McDonnell Douglas offered the Navy about the time the Tomcat was still fairly new? Would have featured Phoenix missile armament but as I recall the additional weight would have so badly taken away from the Eagle's stellar performance the Navy declined development.



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User currently offlineOroka From Canada, joined Dec 2006, 913 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 8 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 7206 times:

What about the SU-33? That was a Navalized version of the SU-27. Did it suffer any significant performance hit from the conversion? Maybe we could get an idea of how the F-15 would fair in a navalization.

User currently offlineLMP737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (7 years 8 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 7107 times:

Quoting EBJ1248650 (Reply 7):
Are you talking about the navalized F-15 that McDonnell Douglas offered the Navy about the time the Tomcat was still fairly new? Would have featured Phoenix missile armament but as I recall the additional weight would have so badly taken away from the Eagle's stellar performance the Navy declined development.

From what little info is out there about the F-15N it seems it had more to do with capital hill politics. Also even if they had put the Phoenix on the F-15 as a single seater the pilot would have had a serious case of overload.


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