The F15-Eagle is a great fighter plane.
The quality of pilots count.
Israeli F15 pilots made many kills from 1979 and 1981, + 33 kills in June 1982 Lebanon War + 4.5 kills in post-Lebanon War fights. No Israeli F-15 has ever been lost to enemy action.
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UnQuoteAmerica's Eagle is brought down to earth with a bumpBy Peter Spiegel
Published: August 5 2004 20:26 | Last updated: August 5 2004 20:26
It started as one of the dozens of military exercises the Pentagon conducts with friendly governments each year operations that are as much about bilateral diplomacy as about testing military capabilities.
But the exercise carried out in February, involving mock combat between the US and Indian air forces over the skies of Madhya Pradesh in central India, has taken on a life of its own. The reason? The US lost.
Not only did the US aircraft lose, but they lost repeatedly. According to one member of Congress briefed on the exercise, the US air force's top fighter, the F-15 Eagle, was defeated more than 90 per cent of the time in simulated dogfights with Indian pilots.
As a result, reports on the exercise have not only reached the highest levels of the Pentagon and Capitol Hill but have travelled around the world to military procurement agencies in Singapore and South Korea.
I still don't believe that Indian pilots flying Sukhois can defeat US pilots in F15-Eagles.
Maybe the US pilots were just being polite in a friendly joint exercise and let the Indians "win".