“This photograph shows the Smart Aircraft and Marine System Projects Demonstration (SAMPSON) Smart Inlet installed in the Langley Research Center 16-Foot Transonic Tunnel. This model was a full-scale F-15 inlet modified with shape memory alloy actuators to vary cowl lip angle and bluntness.” Credit NASA
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“F-15 Eagie full scaie iniet and operating engine being tested in 1972 at the Arnold Engineering Development Center’s (AEDC) 16-foot supersonic wind tunnel. The tests demonstrated the compatibility of the Pratt & Whitney F-100 jet engine with the aircraft's variable geometry iniet.” Credit NASA and AEDC.
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Original unpainted aircraft post here
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An interesting Boeing proposal to launch a ballistic missile from the F-15E Strike Eagle. Covering the need for an on-demand, responsive space launch. This paper (AIAA-RS4-2006-2001) was presented at the AIAA 4th Responsive Space Conferance in April 2006.
The abstract says: ”A near term military need exists for a capability to execute global strike, responsive spacelift and space control missions. An innovative solution concept was developed based on integrating off-the shelf components to provide this capability, while avoiding technology development risk. The paper presents a concept that would utilize an F-15E with minimal modifications to provide a reusable first stage for the F-15GSE (Global Strike Eagle). The upper stages of the F-15GSE would consist of currently available solid rocket motors packaged to meet the mission requirements…”
Two versions of the paper are below. Anyone have any other info?