I was at Luke AFB when they recieved the first squadron of Fleagles. I worked on F-4s.
When we requisitioned tools for the aircraft, we saw the price charged. Items such as jack pads were identical for F-4s and F-15s. Yet there was an entirely different set of tools and prices. The F-15 jack pads were many times more expensive than the F-4 jack pads. Yet we were threatened that we must not use F-4 tools on F-15s. We must get a new F-15 tool, and pay the higher price for it.
I know what was going on. MacD was amortizing their development cost. And there were different contracts for different tools, and thus the different prices.
But it's still funny to hear that the F-15 is "cheap".
But it's still funny to hear that the F-15 is "cheap"
Relatively speaking, of course. It was engineered from the beginning to be lower-cost modular construction. Even though I did not work on the F-15 airframe, I did see many of the production pictures which showed how fabricated the fuselage sections. Definitely different than the F-4.
We still also have a great work-horse in the F-16 as well. A great little plane that was one of the few projects that ever came in on time and ON BUDGET! General Dynamics was responsible for that one....very rare these days!!!