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AIR FORCE F-15 EAGLE PASSING AIRFRAME DURABILITY TESTS

 ST. LOUIS, Jan. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagle has surpassed by more than 21 percent the most stringent airframe durability tests the government requires for fighters, and is strong enough to provide an expected economic structural service life of at least 32 years, continuing Air Force tests have demonstrated.
 An F-15 structural test airframe has exceeded 10,000 hours of simulated flight -- more than 32 years at flight rates of 300 hours per year -- with no failures that would limit the economic life of the airframe. The economic life requirement is 8,000 hours, a demanding level set for fighters. The high-time F-15 in service has accumulated 4,700 hours.
 The testing has accurately reproduced early F-15 service experience, and is continuing in order to establish an economic life limit. The testing already accomplished is a strong indication that the F-15 will meet or significantly exceed its design requirements.
 The ongoing structural tests are being managed by the Air Force Systems Center and are being conducted by the Air Force Wright Laboratory of the Air Force Materiel Command at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. McDonnell Douglas (NYSE: MD) is prime contractor for the F-15.
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 /CONTACT: Lee Whitney of McDonnell Douglas Aerospace, 314-234-0685/
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