Published May 29, 2015
DAYTON, Ohio -- McDonnell Douglas F-4G Wild Weasel at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
DAYTON, Ohio -- McDonnell Douglas F-4G Wild Weasel in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
DAYTON, Ohio -- McDonnell Douglas F-4G Wild Weasel cockpit at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
This F-4G, from the 35th Tactical Fighter Wing, George Air Force Base, Calif., launched more than 40 missiles during Operation Desert Storm from Jan. 17 to Feb. 28, 1991. F-4G Wild Weasels were modified F-4E fighters with their cannon replaced by AN/APR-47 electronic warfare equipment. Their mission was to attack enemy air defenses, including surface-to-air missile (SAM) air defense radars. One hundred sixteen F-4Es were rebuilt as F-4Gs for this special purpose.
Carrying AGM-88A/B/C High Speed Anti-Radiation Missiles (HARM), the F-4G worked in concert with other F-4Gs or as a hunter aircraft directing fighter-bombers, such as the F-16, against SAM sites. The F-4G carried a pilot and an Electronic Warfare Officer (EWO), who navigated, assisted with communications and coordinated attacks on the SAM sites. The F-4G Wild Weasel first flew in 1975 and was retired in 1996. The museum's F-4G was placed on display in September 1996.
Armament: Various combinations of AGM-45 Shrike, AGM-88 HARM and AGM-65 Maverick missiles; also AIM-7F Sparrows and/or AIM-9L Sidewinder air-to-air missiles for self-protection
Engines: Two General Electric J79-GE-17A of 17,900 lbs. thrust each with afterburner
Maximum speed: 1,430 mph
Cruising speed: 571 mph
Range: 1,978 statute miles
Ceiling: 59,000 ft.
Span: 38 ft. 7.5 in.
Length: 63 ft. 0 in.
Height: 16 ft. 5.5 in.
Weight: 61,795 lbs. maximum
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Please note Springfield Street, the road that leads to the museum’s entrance, is undergoing construction through the beginning of September. Expect lane reductions and some delays. Please follow the signs and instructions provided by the road crews.
The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is located at:
1100 Spaatz Street
Wright-Patterson AFB OH 45433
(near Dayton, Ohio)