McDonnell Douglas F-4D Phantom II

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aviation,chat,country,family,friendship,god,honor,music,mankind,military,opinion,fact,fiction,dog,war 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 afterburner
Crew: Two

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

In 1962, the Phantom II (F4H-1) set a world speed record for an airplane not powered by a rocket. The Phantom II sustained a speed of 1,606.342 mph, 81 mph faster than the record established by an Air Force F-106* in 1959. Designed for carrier operations, the Phantom II was also slow enough to land on a carrier, a point McDonnell demonstrated by flying it in formation with a Ryan PT-22, a World War II trainer that had a top speed of 118 knots.

-- Flying Magazine (paraphrased), August 2002

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15:26 10/5/2004


The photo is of a father and son team returning from a MIG-CAP mission over North Vietnam in Sept of 1972. Notice the MIG kill marking on the intake showing the success of this team. [grin] Hey, imaginations can run wild at times, and that is one fantasy, [sitting in a Phantom cockpit] that I have had for a long time. Look at the mug on that WSO, look familiar? [grin] The young officer in the front seat s my son Benjamin.
-- Lowell D. Andrew [ca. July 1992]

    Interesting Facts
  • Became last US fighter whose airman achieved ace status
  • set 16 speed, altitude, and time-to-climb records
  • nicknamed "Snoopy," "The Spook," "Flying Brick," "old Smokey"
  • given original USAF designation of F-110A Spectre
  • spewed identifying black smoke trails
  • acquired by Royal Navy, which installed Rolls Royce engines
  • built by Mitsubishi for Japan Air Self-Defense Force
  • showed poor performance at high angles of attack
  • used for Wild Weasel radar-killing mission
  • ended long US service as QF-4 drone
  • flown concurrently by USAF Thunderbirds and Navy lue Angels
  • took name from earlier FH-1 Phantom of 1945

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