T.O. 1F-4C-1 Aircraft Description
The F-4 is a two-place (tandem), supersonic, long-range, all-weather
fighter-bomber built by McDonnell Douglas Corporation. Mission capabilities include: long range, high-altitude intercepts utilizing air-to-air missiles
as primary armament; a 20mm gun as secondary armament; long-range attack missions utilizing
conventional or nuclear weapons as a primary armament; and close air support missions
utilizing a choice of bombs, rockets and missiles as primary armament. Aircraft thrust is
provided by two axial-flow turbo jet engines with variable stators and variable afterburner.
Airplane appearance is characterized by a low mounted swept back wing with
obvious anhedral at the wing tips, and a one piece stabilator with obvious cathedral. Dual,
irreversible power control cylinders, position the stabilator, ailerons, and spoilers.
A single, irreversible hydraulic power control
cylinder positions the rudder. An integral pneumatic system,
charged by a hydraulically driven air compressor, supplies compressed air for normal
and emergency canopy operation, as well as emergency operation for the landing
gear and wing flaps. The wings can be folded for ease of airplane storage and
ground handling. A drag chute, contained in the end of the fuselage, significantly reduces
landing roll distances and an arresting hook, that is hydraulically retracted, can be
utilized to stop the airplane under a wide range of gross weight-airspeed combination.
Span: 38 ft. 5 in. (27 ft. 7 in. folded)
Length: 58 ft. 3 in.
Height: 16 ft. 5 in.
Weight: 59,483 lbs. maximum takeoff weight
Distance between main landing gear: 17 ft. 11 in.
Armament: Up to 16,000 lbs. of externally carried nuclear
or conventional bombs, rockets, missiles, or 20mm cannon pods
in various combinations
Engines: Two General Electric J-79-GE-15s of 17,000 lbs thrust each with
PERFORMANCE for Combat Air Patrol (CAP) Mission:
four AIM-7 Sparrow missiles, one 600 gal. and two 370 gal. external tanks
Combat Altitude: 40,000 ft. maximum
Combat speed: 1,178 knots at 35,000 ft. maximum power
Combat weight: 36,140 lbs.
Combat radius: 250 nautical miles
Mission time (CAP): 2.48 hrs total; 1.39 hrs CAP