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Douglas F-4E Phantom II

Douglas F-4E Phantom II

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The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II[N 1] is a tandem two-seat, twin-engine, all-weather, long-range supersonic jet interceptor and fighter-bomber

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F-4E Phantom

The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II[N 1] is a tandem two-seat, twin-engine, all-weather, long-range supersonic jet interceptor and fighter-bomber originally developed by McDonnell Aircraft for the United States Navy.[2] Proving highly adaptable, it first entered service with the Navy in 1961[3] before it was adopted by the United States Marine Corps and the United States Air Force, and by the mid-1960s it had become a major part of their air arms.[4] Phantom production ran from 1958 to 1981 with a total of 5,195 aircraft built, making it the most produced American supersonic military aircraft in history, and cementing its position as an iconic combat aircraft of the Cold War.[

Design

Unlike the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps, which flew the Phantom with a Naval Aviator (pilot) in the front seat and a Naval Flight Officer as a radar intercept officer (RIO) in the back seat, the USAF initially flew its Phantoms with a rated Air Force Pilot in front and back seats. Pilots usually did not like flying in the back seat;[19] while the GIB, or “guy in back”, could fly and ostensibly land the aircraft, he had fewer flight instruments and a very restricted forward view. The Air Force later assigned a rated Air Force Navigator qualified as a weapon/targeting systems officer (later designated as weapon systems officer or WSO) in the rear seat instead of another pilot

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RoleInterceptor, fighter-bomber
National originUnited States
ManufacturerMcDonnell Aircraft Corporation
McDonnell Douglas
First flight27 May 1958
Introduction1961
Retired1992 (United Kingdom)
1996 (U.S. combat use)
2013 (Germany)
2016 (U.S. target drone)[1]
2021 (Japan)
StatusIn limited service
Primary usersUnited States Air Force (historical)
United States Navy (historical)
United States Marine Corps (historical)
Iranian Air Force
Produced1958–1981
Number built5,195
VariantsMcDonnell Douglas Phantom FG.1/FGR.2

 

Current operators

Operators

 Greece
 Iran
 South Korea
 Turkey

Specifications (F-4E Phantom II)

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 63 ft 0 in (19.2 m)
  • Wingspan: 38 ft 5 in (11.7 m)
  • Height: 16 ft 5 in (5 m)
  • Wing area: 530 sq ft (49.2 m2)
  • Aspect ratio: 2.77
  • Airfoil: NACA 0006.4–64 root, NACA 0003-64 tip
  • Empty weight: 30,328 lb (13,757 kg)
  • Gross weight: 41,500 lb (18,824 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 61,795 lb (28,030 kg)
  • Maximum landing weight: 36,831 lb (16,706 kg)
  • Fuel capacity: 1,994 US gal (1,660 imp gal; 7,550 l) internal, 3,335 US gal (2,777 imp gal; 12,620 l) with 2x 370 US gal (310 imp gal; 1,400 l) external tanks on the outer wing hardpoints and either a 600 or 610 US gal (500 or 510 imp gal; 2,300 or 2,300 l) tank for the center-line station.
  • Powerplant: 2 × General Electric J79-GE-17A after-burning turbojet engines, 11,905 lbf (52.96 kN) thrust each dry, 17,845 lbf (79.38 kN) with afterburner

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 1,280 kn (1,470 mph, 2,370 km/h) at 40,000 ft (12,000 m)
  • Maximum speed: Mach 2.23
  • Cruise speed: 510 kn (580 mph, 940 km/h)
  • Combat range: 370 nmi (420 mi, 680 km)
  • Ferry range: 1,457 nmi (1,677 mi, 2,699 km)
  • Service ceiling: 60,000 ft (18,000 m)
  • Rate of climb: 41,300 ft/min (210 m/s)
  • Lift-to-drag: 8.58
  • Wing loading: 78 lb/sq ft (380 kg/m2)
  • Thrust/weight: 0.86 at loaded weight, 0.58 at MTOW
  • Takeoff roll: 4,490 ft (1,370 m) at 53,814 lb (24,410 kg)
  • Landing roll: 3,680 ft (1,120 m) at 36,831 lb (16,706 kg)
  • Armament

    E-model has a 20 mm (0.787 in) M61A1 Vulcan cannon mounted internally under the nose, 640 roundsUp to 18,650 lb (8,480 kg) of weapons on nine external hardpoints, including general-purpose bombs, cluster bombs, TV- and laser-guided bombs, rocket pods, air-to-ground missiles, anti-ship missiles, gun pods, and nuclear weapons. Reconnaissance, targeting, electronic countermeasures and baggage pods, and external fuel tanks may also be carried.4× AIM-9 Sidewinders on wing pylons, Israeli F-4 Kurnass 2000 carried Python-3, Japanese F-4EJ Kai carry AAM-3AIM-7 Sparrow in fuselage recesses, upgraded Hellenic F-4E and German F-4F ICE carry AIM-120 AMRAAM, UK Phantoms carried Skyflash missiles[1

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