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Role: Interceptor, fighter-bomber
Builder: McDonnell Aircraft (McDonnell Douglas)
Variants: F-4A (F4H-1F), F-4B (F4H-1), F-4C (F-110A), F-4D, F-4E, F-4E(S), F-4EJ, F-4F, F-4G, F-4J, F-4K (FG.Mk 1), F-4M (FGR.Mk 2), F-4N, F-4S, EF-4C, RF-4B, RF-4C, QF-4B, QF-4J, QF-4S, QF-4E, QF-4G, QRF-4C
Operators: US Air Force, US Navy, US Marine Corps, Germany, United Kingdom, Turkey, Greece, Spain, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Australia, Japan, South Korea





The F-4 Phantom II was a twin-engine, all-weather, fighter-bomber with a crew of two. The aircraft was originally designed as an interceptor for US Navy fleet defence but was also adapted the air superiority, interdiction and close air support roles. More than 5000 Phantoms were built and it is still flown today. The F-4 was the first naval fighter without internal guns or cannons. It was the first fighter equipped with pulse Doppler radar with look-down and shoot-down capability. So it could destroy enemy aircraft in the F-4's radar range using missiles without having to rely on ground control. Variants of the F-4 Phantom II have been built for the reconnaissance and wild weasel role.

The German Luftwaffe is now the biggest operator of the Phantom flying the F-4F ICE upgrade until the Eurofighter takes over its air defence role. Turkey and Greece are also still flying the F-4, their F-4E aircraft are undergoing extensive upgrade work. Turkey is upgrading them to F-4E/2020 Terminator in cooperation with IAI. The Greek Air Force (HAF) upgrade program is known as Peace Icarus I&II and will cover 40 aircraft. Like Spain, they also still operate a number of RF-4 photo reconnaissance aircraft.

Outside Europe, the F-4 is still operated today by South Korea, Japan and Iran.The the US Navy and USAF only use the computer controlled QF-4 (converted ex-Navy and ex-AF F-4s) as (target) drones.


Technical Specifications



two 79.62 kN (17,900 lb st) General Electric J79-GE-17A turbojets



length 19.20m (63 ft 0 in); height 5.02m (16 ft 5½ in); wing span 11.77m (38ft 7½ in)



take-off ('clean') 18.818 kg (41,487 lb); Max Take-Off Weight 28.030 kg (61,795 lb)



max level speed at 10.975m (36,000 ft) Mach 2.17 or 2.301 km/h (1,430 mph); service ceiling 17,905m (58,750 ft)



one 20mm M61A1 Vulcan six-barrel cannon with 640 rounds; 7,257 kg (16,000 lb) of disposable stores, including nuclear weapons, ASMs, AAMs, free-fall or guided bombs, cluster bombs, napalm tanks, drop tanks and ECM pods, carried on nine external hardpoints.