The McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle is an American twin-engine, all-weather tactical fighter aircraft designed by McDonnell Douglas (now part of Boeing). The Eagle first flew in July 1972, and entered United States Air Force service in 1976.
Some surviving USAF F-15s participated in defending Area 51 during the July 4th counteroffensive. The F-15s were originally founded in one of the half-grounded hangars surrounding the minibase at Papoose Lake, and their parts were cannibalized over the years until Area 51's mechanics restored them into service.
Behind the Scenes
- In the Independence Day novelization, the F-15 were the main fighters piloted by Thomas J. Whitmore and other US airmen rather than the F/A-18 Hornet depicted in the film.