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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
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.