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F-15B ACTIVE: SPORTING AMERICAN COLORS AND PRIDE

The F-15B Active, a joint program of NASA, the U.S. Air Force, McDonnell-Douglas, and Pratt and Whitney, bears a brilliant red, blue, and white color design while being flown by the Advanced Control Technology for Integrated Vehicles (ACTIVE) research program at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, California.

Red, White, and Blue

Equipped with canards ahead of the wings and the Pratt and Whitney multi-axis thrust-vectoring nozzles linked to the flight control system, this two-seat twin engine F-15 can fly up to 60,000 ft with a maximum speed of 2,645 km/h. The F-15B Active has a weighing up to 47,000lbs has a height of 18ft 6in, length of 63.7 ft (not counting the flight test nose boom), and wingspan of 42.8 ft.

Originally the F-15 STOL/MTD (Short Take Off and Landing/Maneuver Technology Demonstrator), the F-15B Active is a more improved version developed from 1993-1999. Later on, it was also used in the Intelligent Flight Control System programs from 1999-2008.

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