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Came from England to visit your museum in March 2010 and it was worth the journey :-) Thanks to the staff who took time to chat...


Dear all, had the pleasure to visit your museum a few days ago. Really well done! I was also able to get closer look to...

Thomas P. Hofer


McDonnell M.98EV Phantom II (F-4J) (F-4S)

The F-4 Phantom may still be considered the best fighter-bomber ever built and a great success for the American aeronautical industry.  The F-4 was also the test bed for using electronic, instead of manual controls.  

The F-4 held fifteen world speed, altitude and time-to-climb records.  

During Vietnam the F-4 downed 280 MiGs.  

The payload of and F-4 was three times that of a B-17 Flying Fortress.

 In the 1970’s the ‘J’ model received a complete upgrade of its wiring, plumbing, engines, systems and structures.  The notorious black smoke trail was alleviated by the new J79-GE-10B smokeless engine.  These upgrades would extend the service life of the F-4.  

In 2004, more than forty years later, 800 F-4’s still serve the U.S. and other countries.  

Some 5,057 F-4’s were built in the United States, an additional 138 in Japan.  

In 1986, the last F-4 was replaced in the Pacific and Atlantic Fleets by the Navy F-14 Tomcat or Marine F/A-18 Hornet. 

MFG: McDonnell Douglas

First Produced: 1977

Powerplant: (2) GE J79-GE-10B

Thrust: 17,859 lbs each

Service Ceiling: 54,700 ft

Cruise: 580 mph

Top Speed: 1,416 mph

Range: 2,000 miles

Empty Weight: 30,770 lbs

Gross Weight: 46,883 lbs

Wing Span: 64’1.5”

Wing Area: 565 sq. ft

Length: 62’8”

Height: 16’

Armament: (4) AIM-7 Sparrow

and (4) AIM-9 Sidewinder,

16,000 lbs of ordinance

Number Built: 5,057 total

248 S models


Obtained by Yanks in 2001.