In this video ...

Fast takeoff of an F-15 Eagle from an air base in Iceland

... what is this one thing the pilot does on arrival, before climbing the ladder?

It looks like he's putting something, about the size of a video cassette, in a panel.

putting something, about the size of a video cassette, in a panel

I think there's a brief view of the same when driving:

brief view of the same

  • $\begingroup$ Because you mention a cassette (I couldn't get a good look), from the sister site Retrocomputing, if it is what I think it is: How did this coordinate capture peripheral work? $\endgroup$
    – user14897
    Commented Oct 27, 2021 at 14:34
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks. What do you think it is? The cassette shown at time 7:17 of that video looks like more like an audio cassette. But I'd forgotten it may be 50-year-old technology. And the flight plan is something that would plausibly arrive with the pilot. $\endgroup$
    – ChrisW
    Commented Oct 27, 2021 at 14:55
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    $\begingroup$ It is a video casette containing a King Schools episode related to the flight the pilot is about to take. The video will play on the radar screen by selecting the "ALT VID KNG" mode on the master switch. The reason the tape deck is not placed in the cockpit is that during the development phase of this system, there was a malfunction that lead to the tape being flung out of the cassette. Pilot got so badly tangled up in it he had no other choice than to eject. Emergency crew spent hours cutting him free, luckily no permanent injuries were sustained. $\endgroup$
    – Jpe61
    Commented Oct 27, 2021 at 16:20
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    $\begingroup$ It could be either for mission data recording or data transfer. If someone knows where the corresponding units are located. $\endgroup$
    – mins
    Commented Oct 27, 2021 at 18:34
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    $\begingroup$ @Jpe61 Or just some music, like in Iron Eagle $\endgroup$
    – DeepSpace
    Commented Oct 27, 2021 at 20:08

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That's the door for the video tape recorder.

Referenced here, on an F-15 forum: https://www.ar15.com/forums/general/F-15-scramble-training-in-Iceland/5-2469550/

That location changed between F-15 versions. IIRC, our F-15C/D at Soesterberg was in the cockpit.


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