McDonnell F-4C Phantom II
in Hangar 39
First flight, May 1963
Tandem two-seat, twin-engine, all-weather, long-range supersonic jet interceptor fighter/fighter-bomber.
The Phantom II was first developed for U.S. Navy fleet defense. The U. S. Air Force's first version, the F-4C, made its first flight inMay 1963, and production deliveries began soon after. In 1965, the U. S. Air Force sent its first F-4Cs to Southwest Asia where they flew air-to-air combat missions against North Vietnamese fighters. The aircraft also carried out secondary missions of attacking key ground targets.
In its air-to-ground role, the F-4C could carry twice the payload of a World War II B-17. The aircraft carries two external fuel tanks on the outboard pylons and one ALQ-87 electronic countermeasures (ECM) pod on the right inboard pylon.
The first Air Force pilot to score four combat victories with F-4s was Col. Robin Olds, a World War II ace and original Pacific Aviation Museum board member.
Phantom II production ended in 1979 with over 5,000 aircraft built:
approximately 2,600 for the
U. S. Air Force; 1,200 for the U. S. Navy and Marine Corps; and the remaining for friendly foreign nations.
Operational November 1963:
Two General Electric J-79-GE-15s of 17,000 lbs thrust each:
58 feet 2 inches (17.7 m):
16 feet 6 inches (5.02 m):
58,000 pounds (26308.4 kg):
1,400 mph (2253.1 km/h):
59,600 feet (18.2 km):
1,750 miles (2816.4 km):
Two (Pilot & Radar Intercept Officer)