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Posted 11/2/2009 Printable Fact Sheet
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McDonnell Douglas F-4D “Phantom II”
An F-4D is refueled during flight. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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T.O. 1F-4C-1 Aircraft Description: The F-4 is a two-place (tandem), supersonic, long-range, all-weather fighter-bomber built by McDonnell Douglas Corporation. Mission capabilities include: long range, high-altitude intercepts utilizing air-to-air missiles as primary armament; a 20mm gun as secondary armament; long-range attack missions utilizing conventional or nuclear weapons as a primary armament; and close air support missions utilizing a choice of bombs, rockets and missiles as primary armament. Aircraft thrust is provided by two axial-flow turbo jet engines with variable stators and variable afterburner. Airplane appearance is characterized by a low mounted swept back wing with obvious anhedral at the wing tips, and a one piece stabilator with obvious cathedral. Dual, irreversible power control cylinders, position the stabilator, ailerons, and spoilers. A single, irreversible hydraulic power control cylinder positions the rudder. An integral pneumatic system, charged by a hydraulically driven air compressor, supplies compressed air for normal and emergency canopy operation, as well as emergency operation for the landing gear and wing flaps. The wings can be folded for ease of airplane storage and ground handling. A drag chute, contained in the end of the fuselage, significantly reduces landing roll distances and an arresting hook, that is hydraulically retracted, can be utilized to stop the airplane under a wide range of gross weight-airspeed combination.

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

Distance between main landing gear: 17 ft. 11 in.
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
Performance for Combat Air Patrol (CAP) Mission: Four AIM-7 Sparrow missiles, one 600-gal. and two 370-gal. external tanks
Combat altitude: 40,000 ft. maximum
Combat speed: 1,178 knots at 35,000 ft. maximum power
Combat weight: 36,140 lbs.
Combat radius: 250 nautical miles
Mission time (CAP): 2.48 hrs total; 1.39 hrs CAP
Span: 38 ft. 5 in. (27 ft. 7 in. folded)
Length: 58 ft. 3 in.
Height: 16 ft. 5 in.
Weight: 59,483 lbs. maximum takeoff weight
Crew: Two

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