F-15A Eagle #102: the September 11 First Responder

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 F-15 Eagle is on loan from the National Museum of the United States Air Force.

The 9/11 “First Responder” F-15A Eagle #77-102 has been restored to the condition and markings it wore on 9/11/2001 when it was flown by Lt. Col Duffy on combat air patrol missions to clear the New York City airspace. “102” and the 102nd Fighter Wing continued to protect the skies over the eastern United States for several months.

The aircraft sits in an interpretive exhibit that honors those who perished and all those who responded to the events of 9/11. It also tells the little-known story of “102”.

F-15 Eagle over NYC

The painting at left shows the “First Responder” F-15 Eagle over New York City and the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. It was painted by Museum member and Santa Rosa Fire Captain Don Ricci, who has donated the painting to the Museum. Lithographs and prints are available for purchase through the Gift Shop.

Learn more about our First Responder exhibit

F-15 Eagle History

From Wikipedia:  The McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle is an American twin-engine, all-weather tactical fighter aircraft designed by McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) to gain and maintain air supremacy in aerial combat. 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. It is among the most successful modern fighters, with over 100 victories and no losses in aerial combat, with the majority of the kills scored by the Israel Air Force.

The Eagle has been exported to Israel, Japan, and Saudi Arabia. The F-15 was originally envisioned as a pure air superiority aircraft. Its design included a secondary ground-attack capability that was largely unused. The aircraft design proved flexible enough that an all-weather strike derivative, the F-15E Strike Eagle, was later developed and entered service in 1989. The F-15 Eagle is expected to be in service with the U.S. Air Force past 2025. Newer models are still being produced for foreign users. The F-15 production line is set to end in 2019, 47 years after the type's first flight.

F-15 Eagle Specifications

Dimensions & Weights

42 ft 10 in


63 ft 9 in


18 ft 6 in

Maximum takeoff weight

68,000 lbs


One (pilot)

Maximum speed, high-altitude

Mach 2.5+ (1,650+ mph, 2,660+ km/h)

Maximum speed low altitude:

Mach 1.2 (900 mph, 1,450 km/h)


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


Fixed: 1× 20 mm (0.787 in) M61A1 Vulcan 6-barrel Rotary cannon, 940 rounds

Disposable: Various combinations of AIM-7 Sparrow, AIM-9 Sidewinder, and AIM-120 AMRAAM missiles, drop tanks, electronics pods, and cargo pods carried on two underwing pylons. Four AIM-7 Sparrow missiles are carried semi-recessed on the fuselage.

Electronics and operational equipment

Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System

Radar: Raytheon AN/APG-63 or AN/APG-70 or Raytheon AN/APG-63(V)1 or Raytheon AN/APG-63(V)2 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) or Raytheon AN/APG-63(V)3 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA)

Countermeasures: Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems AN/ALQ-131 electronic countermeasures pod, Hazeltine AN/APX-76 or Raytheon AN/APX-119 Identify Friend/Foe (IFF) interrogator, Magnavox AN/ALQ-128 Electronic Warfare Warning Set (EWWS) – part of Tactical Electronic Warfare Systems (TEWS), Loral AN/ALR-56 Radar warning receivers (RWR) – part of TEWS, Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems ALQ-135 Internal Countermeasures System (ICS) – part of TEWS. Marconi AN/ALE-45 Chaff/Flares dispenser system – part of TEWS.

Crew Chief

Greg Thomas

Country of origin




b/n or serial number



Air superiority fighter


This aircraft is on loan from the National Museum of the United States Air Force.


There’s always something great going on at the Pacific Coast Air Museum. We have Open Cockpit weekends once a month,  special events throughout the year, and regular hot dog lunches. We host school field trips, special group tours, birthday parties, and family get-togethers, all among our collection of historic aircraft and educational exhibits.