Check Out The Wicked Camouflage Paint Job On Qatar's New F-15QA Eagle
The Qatari Air Force will receive its first Eagles in 2021. They will be the most advanced F-15s ever built at the time of their delivery.
The most advanced F-15 variant to date—Qatar's F-15QA—is getting closer to delivery after taking its triumphant first flight on April 14th, 2020 from Boeing's plant at St. Louis's Lambert Field. Now we have the very first images of Qatar's future Eagle in its proprietary paint scheme and it doesn't disappoint. You can read all about the F-15QA and its unique features, many of which will be carried over to the U.S. Air Force's upcoming F-15X, in these past articles.
Check out the photos of the fully dressed F-15QA that aviation photographer and Instagrammer @chasekohleraviation was kind enough to share with The War Zone:
Here are a couple of bonus shots of the F-15QA before it got its camouflage duds:
The special scheme for Qatar's Eagles was teased a couple of years ago in a Boeing graphic that was distributed by the Qatari Air Force, but it really didn't do the paint job justice:
When it comes to F-15s specifically, the overall look of this paint job is so unique that it can only be described as something that would be notionally similar to a hybrid mix of the Keith Ferris 'splinter-like' design that was tested on the F-15A/B at the dawn of its career and the scheme found on USAF F-15C/Ds today. It is also somewhat similar to what can be found on Qatar's Mirage 2000 fleet:
The F-15QA program is moving along very fast and the first examples are slated to be delivered to the Qatari Air Force in 2021.
Make sure to follow @chasekohleraviation over on Instagram, he has an awesome gallery of images to thumb through!
Contact the author: Tyler@thedrive.com
RELATEDWatch Boeing's F-15QA For Qatar Make A Spectacular "Viking Takeoff" On Its First FlightThe F-15QA is now the most advanced variant of the venerable Eagle that has ever flown.READ NOW
RELATEDQatar's F-15s Will Feature New 'Low Profile' Heads Up Display And New CockpitThe Eagle is finally getting a big upgrade when it comes to aircrew interfaces, including a new HUD that is smaller, more reliable, and more adaptable.READ NOW
RELATEDF-15 Strike Eagles Over Saudi Arabia: Then And NowRichard Crandall compares the Strike Eagle he flew 25 years ago in Desert Storm to those screaming over the Kingdom today.READ NOW
RELATEDF-15X Will Come In Two Variants, And No, It Won't Cost $100M Per CopyWe have new details about the F-15X and the USAF's motivation for making a dramatic institutional shift to procure the proven fighters.READ NOW
RELATEDQatar To Get New AMRAAM-ER Surface To Air Missiles, U.S. Capital May Be NextThe hybrid missile design will give the same SAM system that protects Washington, D.C. a major boost in range and over overall performance.READ NOW