The Official F-15 Strike Eagle Handbook

by Richard Sheffield

F-15 Strike Eagle II

Simulation Setup for Air Training and Practice

Skill level: Rookie

Theater: Libya

• Start the simulation.

• Hold the Alt key down while pressing the T key to put the simulation in Training mode. Now enemy fire won't damage your aircraft.

• Arm and fire a short range missile to dispatch with the MiG that appears at the start of each mission.

• Turn and take a heading of 000, away from the land mass. If there's cloud cover on that heading, you can veer away from it or climb so that you're above the clouds. You'll need a good view of the horizon to practice your maneuvers. While holding down the Alt key, tap the S key several times to Slew, or transport, your aircraft to the north where you'll be able to practice in peace. This function only works in the Training mode.

• To improve the plane's performance, you can fire all air-to-ground weapons before practicing, but you should retain your air-to-air missiles to deal with any MiGs that show up to interrupt your valuable practice time.

Now you're ready to practice maneuvers. Feel free to use all the time you need. You may be approached by enemy aircraft after awhile. If one (or more) appears on radar, turn to face it and fire medium-range missiles at it.


Be sure to identify the aircraft before firing. Friendly military and commercial air traffic may be in the area.



If you run low on fuel, press Alt-R to automatically refuel and resupply the aircraft.



In F-15 II, if you don't want the limited mission results received during training to remain on the pilot's permanent record, you can use the Alt-Q command to quit the simulation before the results of your flight are permanently saved.

In the procedures that follow, the numbers in parentheses refer to the steps of the maneuver shown in the accompanying figure. The speed and altitude recommendations are just that—recommendations. Many of these maneuvers can be performed outside the stated limitations, but these limits give you safe starting points and guidelines while learning. F-15Es are expensive aircraft; see if you can finish your training in the same aircraft with which you start. It will make the commander very happy.

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