McDonnell Douglas F-4C Phantom II (Fighter)

General Information

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MAKE: McDonnell Douglas Corporation
NUMBER BUILT: 5,195
MISSION: Fighter
NICKNAME: Phantom
Located in Hangar 79

Background

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 in May 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 carried out secondary mission 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 Pearl Harborboard 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.

Please visit “The F-4C Phantom II” blog post for more information on this aircraft.

Characteristics

CONTRACTOR: McDonnell Douglas Corporation
DATE DEPLOYED: First flight, May 1963; Operational November 1963
PROPULSION: Two General Electric J-79-GE-15s
SPAN: 38 feet 5 inches(11.71 m)
LENGTH: 58 feet 2 inches (17.7 m)
HEIGHT: 16 feet 6 inches (5.02 m)
WEIGHT: 58,000 lbs (26308.4 kg)
MAXIMUM SPEED: 1,400 mph (2253.1 km/h)
CRUISING SPEED: 506 kn (585 mph, 940 km/h)
SERVICE CEILING: 59,600 feet (18.2 km)
RANGE: 1,750 miles (2816.4 km)
CREW: Two (Pilot & Radar Intercept Officer)
ARMAMENT: 1× 20 mm (0.787 in) M61 Vulcan 6-barrel gatling cannon with 640 rounds,various hardpoint and missile loadouts

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