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AnMCOSon
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What Are Those "Pods" On The F-15?

Mon Oct 17, 2005 10:44 am

I have a few F-15's as wallpaper for my computer's, and everytime I turn them on I wonder what that "pod" on the left vertical stab is used for. I've searched for info on them but it seems that there isn't any. Are they "classified" or am I looking in the wrong places?
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So what are they? I find it funny that the two combat flight sim's that I have don't mention any info on them either. I think I might know what they are, but I don't want to sound like a fool saying what I think they are when they're not. scratchchin 
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RE: What Are Those "Pods" On The F-15?

Mon Oct 17, 2005 11:01 am

Ooh, Ooh, a new wallpaper pix!! The F-15 in the climb is awesome....
Thanks for bringing that pix to our attention...

I'm no F-15 expert, but I had always understood the pod at the top of the port vertical stabilizer was the rear radar warning receiver.
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LY744
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RE: What Are Those "Pods" On The F-15?

Tue Oct 18, 2005 12:41 am

The technical designation for the system is AN/ALQ-128.


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wickster
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RE: What Are Those "Pods" On The F-15?

Tue Oct 18, 2005 1:43 am

Its the New Sniper Pod.
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Jaws707
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RE: What Are Those "Pods" On The F-15?

Tue Oct 18, 2005 12:07 pm

Those are targeting pods. It may be the Sniper pods that Lockheed builds, but it may also be the Litening Pods that Northrop builds. I believe that Raytheon also has a pod available, but I am unsure.
 
cannibalz3
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RE: What Are Those "Pods" On The F-15?

Tue Oct 18, 2005 12:14 pm

I think it is the rear RWR. The targeting pods those guys are talking about are all mounted on the bottom I believe.
 
AnMCOSon
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RE: What Are Those "Pods" On The F-15?

Tue Oct 18, 2005 11:01 pm

Quoting SATL382G (Reply 1):
I had always understood the pod at the top of the port vertical stabilizer was the rear radar warning receiver.



Quoting CannibalZ3 (Reply 5):
I think it is the rear RWR

I had a feeling it might be the RWR, but wasn't too sure so I figured I might as well ask.

Quoting SATL382G (Reply 1):
Ooh, Ooh, a new wallpaper pix!! The F-15 in the climb is awesome....
Thanks for bringing that pix to our attention...

Yeah, that's one of many military airplane's I have as wallpaper from the a.net database.
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RE: What Are Those "Pods" On The F-15?

Sun Oct 23, 2005 5:12 am

Quoting SATL382G (Reply 1):
Ooh, Ooh, a new wallpaper pix!! The F-15 in the climb is awesome....
Thanks for bringing that pix to our attention...

Yep, it is a very nice pic. I would love to have a 5-foot long poster of it on my bedroom wall.
 
eaglekeeper101
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RE: What Are Those "Pods" On The F-15?

Mon Nov 07, 2005 8:18 am

Greetings.

The left vertical stabilator and right vertical stabilator RWR antennae are, if you look at the photos closely, the little white antennae just below the top of each of the fins. Similar antennae are found on the wingtips.

The pod on the RVS is merely a counterweight. The pod on the LVS is, for the most part, an aerodynamic shroud leading to a different antenna that makes up the rear portion of the pod. Most of the pod is, actually, hollow.

Hope this helps!
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RE: What Are Those "Pods" On The F-15?

Mon Nov 07, 2005 9:19 am

Note to self - don't post when you are half asleep...

Left and right vertical stabilizer, not stabilator - my bad.
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