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Posted 10/30/2009 Printable Fact Sheet
McDonnell F-110A
This McDonnell F-4B-9i (F4H-1) from the U.S. Navy (BuNo 149405) was redesignated F-110A and later F-4C with USAF S/N 62-12168. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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The F-110A was the USAF designation for what was to become the F-4C. On Sept. 18, 1962, the USAF and U.S. Navy aircraft designation systems were combined into a single scheme resulting in the F-1 to F-11. The USAF F-110A and U.S. Navy F4H-1 became F-4C and F-4B, respectively.

Operation Highspeed, a fly-off competition between the USAF F-106A and the U.S. Navy F4H-1 (F-4B) resulted in a convincing win for the F4H-1. The USAF was loaned two U.S. Navy aircraft (BuNo 149405/406) for a 120-day extended evaluation on Jan. 24, 1962. Twenty-seven more F-4Bs were eventually loaned to the USAF for service evaluation, most of which were returned to the U.S. Navy after the F-4C entered production.

Type Number built/
F-110A 29 U.S. Navy F-4Bs (F4H-1)

- U.S. Navy F4H-1 became F-4B after naming convention change Sept. 18, 1962. 
- USAF F-110A became F-4C after naming convention change Sept. 18, 1962. 
- 2 block 9i U.S. Navy F-4Bs BuNo 149405/406 were loaned to USAF for evaluation at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. 
- 8 block 14n U.S. Navy F-4Bs were loaned to USAF for service evaluation. 
- 19 block 15o U.S. Navy F-4Bs were loaned to USAF for service evaluation. 
- All 29 USAF F-4Bs were re-serialed as 62-12168/12196. 
- Two F-4B-14n's, USAF S/N 62-12200/12201, became YRF-4C prototypes. 
- The first actual F-4C was S/N 62-12199 from F-4B-15o (became F-4C-15). 
- Most F-4B on-loan aircraft were returned to the U.S. Navy after reconfiguration to Navy specifications.

Armament: Approx. 16,000 lbs. of external stores including AIM-9 Sidewinder, AIM-7 Sparrow and AGM-12C Bullpup B missiles, 2.75-in. FFAR rockets, conventional or nuclear bombs and external fuel tanks depending on the specific mission flown
Engines: Two General Electric J79-GE-8A (or -8B) turbojets of 17,900 lbs. thrust each with afterburner
Maximum speed: 1,485 mph
Cruising speed: 575 mph
Range: 1,610 miles
Service ceiling: 62,000 ft.
Span: 38 ft. 4 in.
Length: 58 ft. 3 in.
Height: 16 ft. 3 in.
Weight: 54,600 lbs. maximum gross weight
Crew: Two

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