McDonnell Douglas F-4C Phantom II Jet Fighter
The F-4 Phantom was originally designed by McDonnell Douglas for the U.S. Navy as a fleet defence fighter but proved such an excellent aircraft it was operated by other navies and numerous air-forces worldwide, probably the best known Phantom is U.S. Air Force's first version, the Phantom F-4C, a total of 583 were made and it is the second most numerous phantom variant produced'. It is of note that the last Phantom produced was a F-4EJ built in Japan by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in 1981, this was the last of 118 licence built aircraft made by Mitsubishi for the Japan Air Self-Defence Force.
The F-4 Phantom was went in to production in 1958 and at the end of production, twenty thee years later, a total of 5,195 had been produced. Phantom's served with US armed forces as a fighter bomber from 1960 until 1996 when it's role was taken over by the newer F-14, F-15, F-16 and the F/A-18 but remains in service with other air-forces. In it's many years of of US service the McDonnell Douglas Phantom was in action in many theatres notably including the Vietnam War and the first Gulf War.
McDonnell Douglas Phantom F-4C Armament - 16,000 lbs of externally carried munitions which may include:
Unguided rocket projectiles
20mm cannon pods
McDonnell Douglas Phantom F-4C Specifications:
Span: 38 ft. 5 in. (27 ft. 6 in. folded)
Length: 58 ft. 2 in.
Height: 16 ft. 6 in.
Weight: 58,000 lbs. loaded
Engines: Twin 17,000 lbs. thrust General Electric J-79-GE-15s afterburning turbojets
Maximum speed: 1,400 mph
Range: 1,750 miles
Service ceiling: 59,600 ft
McDonnell Douglas Phantom Cockpit
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