Crew Chief: Greg ThomasThis aircraft is on loan from the National Museum of the United States Air Force.
Learn about our F-15 First Responder Exhibit
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The Pacific Coast Air Museum has the honor of being the home of the first aircraft to respond to the World Trade Center attacks in New York City on September 11, 2001. The aircraft is on loan from the National Museum of the United States Air Force. The 9/11 “First Responder” F-15A Eagle aircraft is currently being restored to the condition and markings it wore on 9/11/2001.
An interpretive exhibit is being designed to honor those who perished and all those who responded to the events of 9/11. It will also tell the little-known story of heroism and crucial decisions made “on the fly” by pilots and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) controllers on that fateful day in our nation's history. The Pacific Coast Air Museum is honored and proud to be the first, and currently only, west coast exhibit commemorating and honoring 9/11. learn more about the exhibit...
KTVU: 9/11 jet Video 12/15/10
KTVU: 9/11 jet Photo Slideshow 12/15/10
Press Democrat: Sonoma County landing for 9/11 jet 12/14/10
Chris Smith: A jet fighter that NYC was relieved to see 12/14/10
San Francisco Chronicle: 9/11 jet fighter given to museum 12/8/10
The Windsor Times article by Matthew Hall 12/06/10
Chris Smith's column in the Press Democrat 11/12/10
This painting of the “First Responder” F-15 Eagle over New York City
and the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, was painted by
museum member and Santa Rosa Fire Captain Don Ricci.
Don has donated the painting to the museum.
Lithographs and prints are available for purchase through the Gift Shop.
The F-15 Eagle “First Responder” StoryOn September 11th 2001, two U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagles from the 101st Fighter Squadron, 102nd Fighter Wing, Otis Air National Guard Base (ANGB) Massachusetts were scrambled by NORAD in response to commercial airliners being hijacked and used as weapons to attack the World Trade Center in New York City. This armed patrol was this nation's first airborne response to the terrorist attacks of that day arriving over Manhattan only moments after the World Trade Center was struck. The sight of these F-15s over New York City was the show of strength New Yorkers on the ground needed to see in their darkest hour.
Owing its heritage to the Massachusetts Minutemen, the 102nd Fighter Wing has been in continuous service since 1921, and the tail flash for this wing includes the Minuteman, the very symbol of the citizen soldier. On May 22, 2002 a Joint Resolution was passed by the Congress of the United States recognizing the members of the 102nd FW for their actions on September 11th, 2001.
One of those historic “First Responder” F-15 Eagles was retired to the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center (AMARC) at Davis-Monthan AFB, Tucson Arizona on July 31st after nearly thirty years of service. This is the 102nd Fighter Wing Commander's aircraft, serial number 77-0102 and was the lead aircraft that responded from the alert shelters at Otis ANGB on that fateful day.
This aircraft lead the United States response in the sky over New York City, and developed, in the air, the air defense plan for New York City, Washington DC, and the east coast of the United States.
The exhibit at the Pacific Coast Air Museum will honor those who perished and those who responded in a valiant effort to save lives, as well as tell the untold story of the heroism in the skies and on the ground that day by the U.S. Air Force and FAA.
F-15 Eagle Specifications
|Country of Origin:||USA|
|Type:||Air superiority fighter|
|Powerplant and fuel system:||2× Pratt & Whitney F100-100, -220 or -229 afterburning turbofans
Dry thrust: 17,450 lbf (77.62 kN) each
Thrust with afterburner: 25,000 lbf for -220; 29,000 lbf for -229 (111.2 kN for -220; 129.0 kN for -229) each
High altitude: Mach 2.5+ (1,650+ mph, 2,660+ km/h)
Low altitude: Mach 1.2 (900 mph, 1,450 km/h)
|Weights:||Maximum Take-Off 68,000 lb|
|Dimensions:||Span 42 ft 10 in
length 63 ft 9 in
height 18 ft 6 in
F-15 Eagle HistoryFrom Wikipedia: The McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) F-15 Eagle is a twin-engine, all-weather tactical fighter designed to gain and maintain air superiority in aerial combat. It is considered among the most successful modern fighters with over 100 aerial combat victories. Following reviews of proposals, the United States Air Force selected McDonnell Douglas' design in 1967 to meet the service's need for a dedicated air superiority fighter. The Eagle first flew in July 1972, and entered service in 1976. The F-15 is expected to be in service with the U.S. Air Force until 2025. Since the 1970s, the Eagle has also been exported to Israel, Japan, and Saudi Arabia. Despite originally being envisaged as a pure air superiority aircraft, the design proved flexible enough that an all-weather strike derivative, the F-15E Strike Eagle, was later developed, and entered service in 1989.
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