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McDonnell Douglas F-4G Wild Weasel

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 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 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)

DAYTON, Ohio -- McDonnell Douglas F-4G Wild Weasel cockpit at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- McDonnell Douglas F-4G Wild Weasel cockpit at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- McDonnell Douglas F-4G Wild Weasel cockpit at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- McDonnell Douglas F-4G Wild Weasel cockpit at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

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.

TECHNICAL NOTES:
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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