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I’m looking to build a F-15C from the mid-1980s. Specifically 78-0531 from the 18th TFW operating out of Kadena AFB in Okinawa in 1983. 

 

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For the loadout, I’m going for 4 AIM-9s and 4 AIM-7s which would be standard for that time period. 

 

So the questions are:

1. Which variant of the AIM-7 and AIM-9 would they have been using during that time?

2. Would these missiles be painted white or light ghost grey?

 

Thanks in advance!

 

Mark

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Just a WAG. AIM-7Fs and AIM-9Ls, grey bodies on both, the Sparrows could have black fins.

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The AIM-7F entered service in 1976.  The AIM-7M entered service in 1982.  It was very likely carrying the AIM-7F in 1983.  Almost certainly not an earlier version than that.

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Thanks for the info everyone!

 

Regarding the AIM-7F, they are the ones which look similar to the M but with only 2 brown strip antenna along the side of the nose vis the 4 found on the M right?

 

Mark

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On ‎7‎/‎1‎/‎2019 at 4:08 AM, gb_madcat_sl said:

I’m looking to build a F-15C from the mid-1980s. Specifically 78-0531 from the 18th TFW operating out of Kadena AFB in Okinawa in 1983. 

 

img_9?1370011413

 

For the loadout, I’m going for 4 AIM-9s and 4 AIM-7s which would be standard for that time period. 

 

So the questions are:

1. Which variant of the AIM-7 and AIM-9 would they have been using during that time?

2. Would these missiles be painted white or light ghost grey?

 

Thanks in advance!

 

Mark

 

Could have been the AIM-7F or the AIM-7M; the Eagle could not carry the AIM-7E, the seeker was incompatible with the F-15's radar.  At that point the missile manufacturers were still transitioning from white to gray, especially for the AIM-7F, so you could have a missile with both colors.

 

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The AIM-7F had two fuse windows (aligned between the fins) rather than the four of the AIM-7M, which had the fuse windows in line with the fins.  For the AIM-9 there was no difference between the Lima and Mike for modeling purposes.  The AIM-9 was more likely to be overall gray; although, for Desert Shield we had a bunch of them left that still had the aft fins painted in white which was yellowing.

 

Regards,

Murph

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Sorry, yes, that was a typo.  Elmendorf had the AIM-7F in the mid-80s, not the E.  The E was Vietnam era.  

 

All of the missiles at Elmendorf at that point had gray bodies.

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