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McDonnell Douglas F-4C
McDonnell Douglas F-4C-23-MC (S/N 64-770) "Jeannie" over South Vietnam in December 1968. This aircraft was assigned to the 12th Tactical Fighter Wing flying from Cam Ranh Bay Air Base. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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First flown in May 1958, the Phantom II originally was developed for U.S. Navy fleet defense and entered service in 1961. The USAF evaluated it (as the F-110A Spectre) for close air support, interdiction and counter-air operations, and in 1962, approved a USAF version. The USAF's Phantom II, designated F-4C, made its first flight on May 27, 1963. Production deliveries began in November 1963. In its air-to-ground role, the F-4 can carry twice the normal bomb load of a World War II B-17. USAF F-4s also fly reconnaissance and "Wild Weasel" anti-aircraft missile suppression missions. Phantom II production ended in 1979 after over 5,000 had been built -- more than 2,800 for the USAF, about 1,200 for the Navy and Marine Corps, and the rest for friendly foreign nations.

In 1965 the first USAF Phantom IIs were sent to Southeast Asia. The first USAF pilot to score four combat victories with F-4s in SEA was then-Col. Robin Olds, a WWII ace. The aircraft on actual display at the museum is the one in which Col. Olds, the aircraft commander, and Lt. Stephan B. Croker, the backseat pilot, scored two of those victories in a single day (May 20, 1967).

The National Museum of the United States Air Force has several F-4 variants in its collection, including the F-4C, the RF-4C, the YF-4E, the F-4G and an F-4 cockpit mockup.

Type Number built/
F-4A 47 USN/USMC; F4H-1F
F-4B 649 USN/USMC; 29 loaned to USAF
RF-4B 46 USMC; F4H-1P
F-4C 583 From F-110A
RF-4C 505 From RF-110A
F-4D 825 Improved F-4C
F-4E 1,370 Improved F-4D
F-4EJ 140 Japanese F-4E
RF-4E 149 Exp. version
RF-4EJ 14 Japanese RF-4E
F-4F 175 Export F-4E for Germany
F-4G 116 (cv) Wild Weasel
F-4K 52 Royal Navy; FG.1
F-4M 118 Royal Air Force; FGR.2
F-4N 238 (cv) USN/USMC; from F-4B
F-4S 248 (cv) USN/USMC; from F-4J
F-4T 0 Export proposal

- F-4A was originally designated F4H-1F (and XF4H-1) by the U.S. Navy. 
- Dual-control F-4As were redesignated TF-4A. 
- F-4B was originally designated F4H-1 by the U.S. Navy. 
- RF-4B was originally designated F4H-1P by the U.S. Marine Corps. 
- Seven F-4Bs were converted to QF-4B drone aircraft. 
- F-4C was originally designated F-110A by the USAF. 
- The U.S. Navy loaned the USAF 29 F-4Bs for service evaluation (see F-110A). 
- Twelve F-4Gs (Navy designation) were out of service before the USAF F-4G "Wild Weasel" aircraft were converted from F-4Es. 
- 138 of 140 F-4EJs were built in Japan. 
- 32 F-4Ds were built for the Iranian Air Force. 
- The USAF F-4G was initially designated EF-4E.

USAF F-4 numbers: 
- F-4C -- 583 [does not include 29 F-4Bs (F-110A) on loan from U.S. Navy] 
- RF-4C -- 505 
- F-4D -- 793 
- F-4E -- 993 (116 later converted to F-4G) (as ordered, some E models - diverted/direct delivered to other nations) 
- TOTAL: 2,874

Armament: Up to 16,000 lbs. of externally carried nuclear or conventional bombs, rockets, missiles, or 20mm cannon pods in various combinations
Engines: Two General Electric J-79-GE-15s of 17,000 lbs. thrust each with afterburner
Maximum speed: 1,400 mph/1210 knots at 40,000 ft. maximum power (ferry mission)
Cruising speed: 590 mph/546 knots at 35,000 ft.
Range: 1,750 miles/1528 nautical miles ferry mission with one 600 gal. and two 370 gal. external tanks
Service ceiling: 59,600 ft.
Span: 38 ft. 5 in. (27 ft. 7 in. folded)
Length: 58 ft. 3 in.
Height: 16 ft. 6 in.
Weight: 58,000 lbs. maximum design takeoff weight
Crew: Two

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