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McDonnell Douglas F-4E Phantom II Jet Fighter

The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II was designed as a carrier-based tandem-seat fighter-bomber and interceptor, it first flew in May 1958 and entered service two years later with the USN. The fighter first went into combat during the Vietnam War in August 1964, it was soon realised the lack of a machine  gun or cannon seriously affected the McDonnell Douglas Phantoms combat effectiveness.

McDonnell Douglas F-4E Phantom II Jet Fighter Plane

 

The F-4E Phantom was designed to rectify the F-4C's and F-4D's poor dog-fighting performance, this was achieved by internally mounting a 20 mm (.79 in) M61 Vulcan Cannon as well as other less noticeable changes (a gun-sight helped!), this increased the production cost in 1965 to $2.4 million per airframe.

It is of note that the German Air-force (Luftwaffe) operated the McDonnell Douglas F-4E Phantom from 1971 until 1982, and it's McDonnell Douglas F-4F Phantoms are to remain operational with the Luftwaffe until 2012 when they will be replaced by the Eurofighter 2000.

McDonnell Douglas F-4E Phantom Specifications:

  • Crew: Crew: Pilot and observer/navigator
  • Length: 63 ft 0 in (19.2 m)
  • Wingspan: 38 ft 4.5 in (11.7 m)
  • Height: 16 ft 6 in (5.0 m)
  • Empty weight: 30,328 lb (13,757 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 41,500 lb (18,825 kg)
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 61,795 lb (28,030 kg)
  • Engines: Twin 11,905 lbf thrust (17,845 lbf with afterburner) General Electric J79-GE-17A turbojets
  • Fuel capacity: 1,994 U.S. gal (7,549 L) internal, 3,335 U.S. gal (12,627 L) with external tanks
  • Maximum speed: Mach 2.23 (1,472 mph, 2,370 km/h) at 40,000 ft (12,190 m)
  • Combat radius: 367 nmi (422 mi, 680 km)
  • Ferry range: 1,403 nmi (1,615 mi, 2,600 km) with external fuel tanks
  • Service ceiling: 60,000 ft (18,300 m)
  • Rate of climb: 41,300 ft/min (210 m/s)

McDonnell Douglas F-4E Phantom Armament:

  • Four AIM-7 Sparrow in fuselage recesses plus 4 AIM-9 Sidewinders on wing pylons
  • One 20 mm (0.787 in) M61 Vulcan 6-barreled Gatling cannon
  • Six AGM-65 Maverick
  • Four AGM-62 Walleye
  • Four AGM-45 Shrike, AGM-88 HARM, AGM-78 Standard ARM
  • Four GBU-15
  • Eighteen: Mk.82, GBU-12
  • Five Mk.84, GBU-10, GBU-14
  • Eighteen CBU-87, CBU-89, CBU-58
  • B28EX, B61, B43 and B57 Nuclear weapons
 

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