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F-4 Phantom (McDonnell)

In 1958 the American company McDonnell Aircraft developed the the fighter jet/bomber
F-4 Phantom for the US navy aircraft carriers. The F-4 is a large fighter jet and equipped with 2 powerful turbojet engine. The F-4 Phantom has been developed for air superiority, interception, and for close air support. The Phantom is still in service with many air forces, like Germany.
F-4C Phantom
In 1962 the F-4C version was developed for the US Air Force. The F-4C have been developed for: air-surface attack, reconnaissance missions and for interception of enemy aircraft artillery. They have been manufactured from 1963 till 1979.

QF-4 Phantom
The QF-4 Phantom is a converted F-4 Phantom. A few time ago the US Defence has written a few contracts for the delivering of some 200 from these unmanned fighter jets. Usage of these former fighter jets as remote controlled drones gives pilots a realistic target during training missions where live missiles are launched.

Specifications (F-4F)

Design organisation McDonnell
Main secundary design organisations  
Production organisaton  
Primary task  
Type aircraft 3th generation fighter jet
Length 19.20 meters
Height 5.02 meters
Wingspan 11.77 meters
Wingsurface 49.20 square meters
Aspect ratio  
Sweep back  
Engines 2x General Electric J79-GE17A turbojet
Thrust 52.8 kN and 79.6 kN with afterburner
Weight (empty) 14.500 kg
Weight (start, maximum, MTOW) 26.300 kg
Weight (landing, maximum, MLW) 20.860 kg
Required runway length (start) 980 meters
Required runway length (landing) 950 meters
Cruise speed  
Maximum speed mach 1.9
Maximum range 1.150 km
Fuel capacity  
Air-to-air-refueling capability  
Passengers none
Payload none
Armament 1 standard 20mm canon
Maximum weaponload  
Maximum G resistance  
Type flight controls  
Landing gear  
Versions F-4A, F-4C, F-4D, F-4E, F-4F, F4G, RF-4B, RF-4C, RF-4E
Manufactured > 5000
Crew 1 or 2
Costs approx. 18.4 million dollar
Overall flight hours  
First flight  
First delivery  
Operational since 1961 (US Navy)
1963 (US Air Force)
Successor of  
Replaced by F-14 Tomcat (US Navy), Eurofighter (Germany)
Comparable aircraft  
Operators (current and future) Australia, Germany, Greece, Israel, Japan, Iran, South-Korea, Spain, Turkey, United-Kingdom, United States
Main operators United States
Amphibious usage Yes
Status out of production, in operational service

There have been manufactured more than 5000 F-4 phantoms: 2600 for the USAF, 1200 for the US Navy and US Marine Corps and the others for (of that time) allied countries. The users of the F-4 Phantom are the United States (1), Germany (2), Greece (3), Israel, Iran, Spain, Turkey, South-Korea, Australia, Japan and the United-Kingdom.

1. United States
The United States were having the largest fleet with 3800 F-4 fighter jets. The F-4 isn't operational any more but they are in storage. There are absolutely many phantoms still in the US armed forces.

The United States Air Force had since 1963 the ability of the F-4C Phantom. The F-4D came operational in 1966 with the USAF. Some later a F-4E version was developed which cam operational with the USAF in 1967, in 1985 with the Air National Guard and in 1987 with the Air Force Reserve. A update of the F-4E is the F-4G Wild Weasel. The F-4 has been used during the Vietnam war and Operation Desert Storm. In the Air Force the F-4 has been replaced by the F-16CJ/DJ.
In the navy the F-4 has been replaced by the F-14 Tomcat.

2. Germany

3. Greece

The Greece Hellenic Air Force is still using the F-4 Phantom in the F-4 E Phantom II version.

USAF F-4C USAF QF-4 Phantom F-4C
US Navy F-4
US Navy F-4J
US Navy YF-4J

Germany F-4F Phantom

  Turkey F-4  

Spain F-4
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Last updated: 1 April 2018