|Country of Origin||USA.|
|Similar Aircraft||Jaguar, Buccaneer, A-4 Skyhawk, Super Etendard.|
|Role||Fighter-bomber, CAS, ECM, reconnaissance.|
|Armament||Cannon, rockets, missiles, bombs.|
|Dimensions||Length: 63 ft (18.7 m). Span: 38 ft, 5 in (11.77 m).|
F-4 Phantom II WEFT Description
|Wings||Low-mounted, swept-back, and semidelta with square tips. Positive slanted wing tips. There is a sawtooth in leading edges of the wings.|
|Engine(s)||Two engines inside the body with rectangular air intakes alongside the body in front of the wings. Twin exhausts beneath a large overhanging rear section.|
|Fuselage||Rectangular midsection, pointed droopy nose, and a bubble cockpit.|
|Tail||Flats are mid-mounted on the body, delta-shaped with a negative slant. Sharply back-tapered fin with a square tip.|
Countries which Fly the F-4 Phantom II
Egypt, Germany, Greece, Iran, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Turkey, United States of America.
F-4 Phantom II Manufacturer Web Site
The F-4 Phantom II was originally manufactured by McDonnell Douglas.
In 1997, McDonnell Douglas became part of Boeing.
Books on the F-4 Phantom II
Different versions of the jet have provided the backbone of the frontline strength of the Iranian air force since the 1970s, and whole generations of Iranian pilots and ground personnel have been trained to fly and maintain them. Indeed, the type bore the brunt of active combat operations during the long war with Iraq. Iranian F-4 Phantom IIs were also some of best equipped examples ever exported by the USA. Some Iranian Phantom II pilots gathered immense experience on the type, flying it in combat for more than ten years. This book removes the veil of secrecy surrounding Iranian Phantom II operations since the war with Iraq.
For every American fighter pilot involved in the Vietnam War, the ultimate goal was to ‘kill a MiG’. In eight years of conflict 43 Vietnamese Peoples Air Force aircraft were claimed by US Navy and US Marine Corps Phantom II crews, and one single ace crew produced. Navy Phantom IIs scored the first kills of the Vietnam War, in April 1965, as well as scoring the last in January 1973. This volume charts the successes of the navy fighter crews as they encountered ‘MiGs, Missiles and AAA’ over the jungles of North Vietnam.
The second of two books on the Navy’s Phantom II MiG killers of the Vietnam War, this book covers the numerous actions fought out over North Vietnam during the Linebacker I and II operations of 1972-73. No fewer than 17 MiGs were downed during this period, five of them by the Navy’s sole aces of the conflict, Lts Randy Cunningham and Willie Driscoll of VF-96. Drawing on primary sources such as surviving Phantom II aircrew and official navy documentation, the author has assembled the most precise appraisal of fighter operations involving US Navy Phantom II units and those elusive MiGs ever seen in print.
The F-4 Phantom II was the USAF workhorse fighter-bomber for the Linebacker campaign, which eventually saw US forces withdraw from Vietnam ‘with honour’ in 1973. This book covers the F-4 attacks on numerous targets in North Vietnamese cities such as Hanoi and Haiphong, as well as its engagements with Vietnamese MiG-19s and MiG-21s hell-bent on defending the north from ‘Yankee air pirates’. The USAF’s only ace crew, which scored their five kills during 1972, is also covered in a book containing many detailed photographs, a large proportion of which haven’t been published before.
The American manufactured F-4 Phantom II was used by the Israelis in air-to-ground missions, as an attack aircraft, and air-to-air missions as a fighter. Despite performing both roles with equal success the Israeli reliance on the Mirage III and Nesher delta fighters meant that the F-4 was used most regularly in its air-to-ground role. The kill total of the Israeli F-4 community was, consequently, a modest 116.5; significantly lower than that of other Israeli aircraft types in service between 1969 and 1982. A handful of aces were, nevertheless, created and, using first hand accounts, this unique book tells their stories. Many F-4 pilots had previously flown the Mirage III but most of the navigators were either inexperienced flying school graduates or had been transferred from transport aircraft. The decision to create such teams may have appeared an odd one and it certainly led to a number of interesting experiences but proved, ultimately, to be so successful that by 2010 the Israeli air force will have more two-seat combat aircraft than single-seat fighters. The F-4 experience was, therefore, crucial to moulding the future of the Israeli air force.
The USAF introduced the F-4C Phantom II into the Vietnam war in April 1965 from Ubon RTAB, Thailand. The F-4C/D soon became the Air Force’s principal fighter over the North, destroying 85 MiGs by the close of 1968. This book describes how the USAF turned a gunless naval interceptor into an opponent to the more nimble VPAF MiGs. It explains how the Air Force gradually followed US Navy initiatives in the use of the F-4’s missile armament but employed very different tactics and aircrew training. The roles of key personalities such as Col. Robin Oldany are discussed, together with armament and markings, crews and engagements.
The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II is an aircraft with a long history and global presence. Although the F-4 is no longer in production, the 5,000+ airplanes have yet to be accurately chronicled on an individual basis. This book lists each airplane in production order, as well as listing block number, serial number, attrition date and circumstances, aerial ‘kills’, retirement date and circumstances, tail codes, and other essential details. Photo enthusiasts will be able to use the book as ready reference to update their collections, and spotters will want a copy to keep track of the many F-4s in their logbooks. This book is almost exclusively tabular, with only small text summaries to serve as introductions to chapters or explanatory material in a similar manner to Midland’s very popular Vietnam Air Losses, with which it has quite some affinity in the style of its content and treatment as a reference work. Because the F-4 has such a global presence, the many ‘Phantom Phanatics’ worldwide will find this book of unequalled value.
The eighth installment in the LOCK ON series, this volume highlights the classic gun-nosed McDonnell Douglas F-4E Phantom II. Carrying on the LOCK ON tradition, this book is loaded with a wealth of information in the form of beautiful full color photographs with highly descriptive captions. Details covered include airframe, radar, armament, engines, cockpits, landing gear, maintenance, and more. Geared toward the serious scale aircraft modeler, this book will equally satisfy any aviation enthusiast or Phantom Fanatic!
This newly revised and expanded edition is the complete story of the world’s best-loved and greatest fighter: the F-4 Phantom. Tasked with a host of different missions, the Phantom served many countries and took part in conflicts stretching from the Vietnam War through the Gulf War. This book carries an authoritative text that provides the reader with in-depth analysis of this important cold war warrior. It is packed with two-page color artworks, cutaways, technical drawings, and a staggering array of photos. Every variant, every operator, and every weapon carried by the Phantom is described.
A multi-role fighter for both land-based and carrier-borne use, the twin-engine F-4 Phantom was built in larger numbers than any other Western modern-day warplane. It was the first fighter able to identify, intercept, and destroy any target that comes into its radar range without having to rely on ground control for guidance. It was also the first multi-service aircraft flying concurrently with the U.S. Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps and is still in use today.