Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Processed Plastic F-15 Strike Eagle - Blue SP

Developed from the McDonnell-Douglas F-15, the F-15E Strike Eagle variant first production run began in 1985. The first production F-15E was delivered to Luke Air Force Base, Arizona in 1988.

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

Today we've got another nice aircraft, this time it's Processed Plastics F-15 Strike Eagle in a blue soft plastic.. Knowing when the F-15E was produced helps us narrow down when the toy came out. So, without any reference materials or catalogs to go by we can assume this came out in the late '80s - early '90s. Toy companies often like to jump on new technology and are usually quick to offer the latest planes, trains, and automobiles. My guess is this toy would have hit the shelves by 1989 - but that's a just a total guess. Anywho, it's a cool toy and certainly looks neat next to Eldon's Super Sabre. The plane has an opening canopy - actually, the who;e forward end of the top fuselage is hinged and lifts up to reveal the rather odd looking pilots in the cockpit. They look more like astronauts than they do fighter pilots! It has fixed wheels and two removable bombs although they're not designed to be dropped with a lever or anything. It measures 12" (30.5cm) L x 7 7/8" (20cm) WS x 3 1/2" (8.9cm) H. Enjoy! Opa Fritz and  Oma Bettina

On the real F-15 the vertical stabilizers are straight up and down. The ones on my toy are bent inward slightly. 


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