PHANTOM II
PHANTOM II

Manufacturer

MCDONNELL DOUGLAS

Markings:

USAF Thunderbirds, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, 1973

Designation:

F-4E

Serial Number:

66-0329

MCDONNELL DOUGLAS F-4E PHANTOM II

The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II was designed as a missile-armed fleet defense fighter for the United States Navy. In 1962, the U.S. Air Force selected the F-4 for its own use as both a fighter and a fighter-bomber. Originally designated F-110 by the Air Force the plane became the F-4C under the unified designation scheme ordered by Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara. The F-4E is a greatly improved version of the Phantom with numerous improvements to the engines and electronic systems. The most recognizable change is the addition of an internally mounted gun for air-to-air combat. This addressed the greatest combat weakness of the Phantom. The F-4E is the most produced version of the Phantom with a total of 1,387 built for the U.S. Air Force and foreign customers.

Specifications

  • Wingspan: 38 ft 5 in
  • Length: 63 ft
  • Height: 16 ft 6 in
  • Weight: 55,957 lbs (loaded)
  • Max. Speed: 1,485 mph
  • Service Ceiling: 62,250 ft
  • Range: 1,885 miles
  • Engines: 2 General Electric J79-GE-17 turbojets 17,900 thrust each
  • Crew: 2