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Info On The F-15N

Tue Apr 24, 2007 8:10 am

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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RE: Info On The F-15N

Tue Apr 24, 2007 9:55 am

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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RE: Info On The F-15N

Tue Apr 24, 2007 4:59 pm

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?
 
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RE: Info On The F-15N

Tue Apr 24, 2007 7:09 pm

Why not just buy a few SU-30s from somewhere
 
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RE: Info On The F-15N

Thu Apr 26, 2007 1:26 am

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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RE: Info On The F-15N

Thu Apr 26, 2007 1:42 am

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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RE: Info On The F-15N

Thu Apr 26, 2007 5:00 am

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.
 
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RE: Info On The F-15N

Thu Apr 26, 2007 6:30 am

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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RE: Info On The F-15N

Thu Apr 26, 2007 10:12 am

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.
 
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RE: Info On The F-15N

Thu Apr 26, 2007 11:39 pm

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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