McDonnell Douglas F-4C Phantom II

A picture of the McDonnell Douglas F-4C 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-4C is the first version of the Phantom built for the Air Force.  Construction began in 1962 and concluded in 1966 with 583 built.  These aircraft saw extensive use in the Vietnam War and remained the primary USAF fighter into the late 1970s.

Service History

Built by McDonnell Aircraft in St. Louis, MO and delivered to the Air Force on March 15, 1965.

March 1965                 366th Tactical Fighter Wing, Holloman AFB, New Mexico.

January 1966               12th Tactical Fighter Wing, Can Ranh Bay Air Base, South Vietnam.

May 1967                    8th Tactical Fighter Wing, Ubon Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand.

May 20, 1967               Major Philip Combies and Lt. Daniel Lafferty shoot down a MiG-17 while flying this aircraft with the 433rd Tactical Fighter Squadron of the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing.  It is Combies’ second aerial victory and Lafferty’s first.

October 1967              366th Tactical Fighter Wing, Da Nang Air Base, South Vietnam.

Wingspan

38 ft 5 in.

Length

58 ft 3 in.

Height

16 ft 3 in.

Weight

60,630 lb (loaded)

Maximum Speed

1,583 MPH

Service Ceiling

62,000 ft

Range

400 miles

Engines

Two General Electric J79-GE-15 turbojets with 17,000 pounds of thrust each

Crew

2

Manufacturer
McDonnell Douglas

Markings
8th Tactical Fighter Wing, 433rd Tactical Fighter Squadron, 1967

Designation
F-4C

Serial Number
64-0673

February 1968             12th Tactical Fighter Wing, Can Ranh Bay Air Base, South Vietnam.

February 1970             347th Tactical Fighter Wing, Yokota Air Base, Japan.

May 1971                    18th Tactical Fighter Wing, Kadena Air Base, Japan.

July 1975                     35th Tactical Fighter wing, George AFB, California.

March 1979                 159th Tactical Fighter Group Louisiana Air National Guard, Naval Air Station New Orleans, Louisiana.

March 1985                 To Boeing Aircraft, Wichita, Kansas.

July 1985                     114th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron Oregon Air National Guard, Kingsley Field, Oregon.

April 1987                   To storage at Davis-Monthan AFB Tucson, Arizona.

1987                            Loaned to the Pima Air & Space Museum by the National Museum of the United States Air Force.

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