McDonnell Douglas F-4E Phantom II

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

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