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McDonnell Douglas YF-4E Phantom II

DAYTON, Ohio -- McDonnell Douglas YF-4E Phantom II is currently in storage at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- McDonnell Douglas YF-4E Phantom II is currently in storage at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- McDonnell Douglas YF-4E Phantom II is currently in storage at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- McDonnell Douglas YF-4E Phantom II is currently in storage at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Note: This aircraft is currently in storage.

The museum's airframe served as a prototype for the RF-4C reconnaissance version and later the F-4E fighter-bomber variant. It also was the test bed for such advanced ideas as F-4 leading edge slats and the "Fly-By-Wire" concept (electrical rather than mechanical interconnections between pilot and control surfaces). A final modification added distinctive wing-like canard surfaces to examine the Precision Aircraft Control Technology configuration for mission and performance improvements. The F-4 was delivered to the museum from McDonnell Douglas in 1979.

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