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Northrop F-15 Reporter Long-Range Photographic Reconnaissance Aircraft

The Northrop F-15 Reporter was an offshoot of the successful P-61 Black Widow fighter line of World War 2.

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Northrop F-15 Reporter Technical Specifications

Service Year: 1945
Type: Long-Range Photographic Reconnaissance Aircraft
National Origin: United States
Manufacturer(s): Northrop - USA
Production Total: 36

Structural (Crew Space, Dimensions and Weights)

Operating Crew (Typical): 2
Overall Length: 49.57 feet (15.11 meters)
Overall Width: 66.01 feet (20.12 meters)
Overall Height: 14.76 feet (4.50 meters)

Weight (Empty): 23,446 lb (10,635 kg)
Weight (MTOW): 36,200 lb (16,420 kg)

Installed Power and Standard Day Performance

Propulsion: 2 x Pratt & Whitney R-2800-65W "Double Wasp" radial piston engines developing 2,250 horsepower each.

Maximum Speed: 441 mph (710 kph; 383 knots)
Maximum Range: 1,901 miles (3,060 km)
Service Ceiling: 34,777 feet (10,600 meters; 6.59 miles)
Rate-of-Climb: 2,540 feet-per-minute (774 m/min)

Armament / Mission Payload

None. Mission systems centered on photography equipment.

Global Operators / Customers

United States

Model Variants (Including Prototypes)

F-15 - Base Series Designation
X-15 - Initial prototype designation from XP-61E
XF-15A - Preproduction designation; based on P-61C airframe.
F-15A - Production model designation
RF-61C - Redesignation of F-15A in 1947