F-4C Phantom II

Manufacturer: McDonnell-Douglas
Designation: F-4
Version: C
Nickname: Phantom II
Equivalent to: F-110A
Type: Fighter
Specifications
Length: 62' 10' 18.90 M
Height: 16' 6" 5.03 M
Wingspan: 38' 5" 11.71 M
Wingarea: 530.00 Sq Ft 49.23 Sq M
Empty Weight: 28276.0 lbs 12823.0 Kg
Gross Weight: 50341.0 lbs 22830.0 Kg
Max Weight: 58000.0lbs 26303.0 Kg
Propulsion
No. of Engines: 2
Powerplant: General Electric J79-GE-15 (A/B 17,000Lb/7,711Kg)
Thrust (each): 10900 4944
Performance
Range: 1375 miles 2214.00 Km
Cruise Speed: 587.00 mph 945.00 Km/H 510.81 Kt
Max Speed: 1459.00 Mph 2349.00 Km/H 1269.73 Kt
Climb: 48300.0 Ft/min 14721.1 M/min
Ceiling: 59400.0 Ft 18104.0 M

 

The F-4 was designed in 1958 as a company venture by McDonnell Douglas to
meet future needs and it turned into the greatest post World War II fighter ever
built. Considered by some the fastest, most versatile and effective aircraft
ever built. The F-4 was initially designed as an attack bomber without internal
weapons. The Phantom carried a greater bomb load than a B-29, yet was an
effective fighter shooting down 106 out of 137 Migs destroyed in the Vietnam
War. Israel has used F-4's in all of its major confrontations, at one time
shooting down over 70 Syrian aircraft without a Phantom lost. The F-4E was flown
by the US Air Force Demonstration team The Thunderbirds from 1969 through the
mid 1970's.  F-4E's were also flown as aircraft known as Wild Weasels and were
active in the Persian Gulf War.

RF-4 recon aircraft have a longer nose order to carry optical, infrared and
forward looking radar. Over twenty foreign countries have flown the F-4 as
standard front line combat aircraft and the Phantom can match the latest
designed fighters in almost every performance category.

More than 1,200 F-4's have been stored at the Aerospace Maintenance and
Regeneration Center (AMARC) at Davis-Monthan AFB near Tucson, Arizona. Most of
these stored aircraft will eventually be expended as target drones like the
F-86's, F-100's, and F-102's before them.

In 1962, the USAF began equipping the Tactical Air Command with the F-4C,
similar to the U.S. Navy F-4B. In 1964, an improved version, the F-4D, was
introduced. Large numbers of C and D Phantoms flew in Southeast Asia between
1966 and 1973.

This F-4C aircraft, serial number 63-7693, was manufactured by McDonnell
Aircraft, St. Louis, Missouri, and delivered to the USAF on 1 Feb 1965. It has
served with 8th TFW, 479th TFW, 431st TFS all at George AFB between 1965-1967;
8th TFW at Ubon, RTAFB, Thailand, in 1967; 366th TFW, Da Nang AB, South Vietnam,
1967; 58th Tactical Fighter Training Wing, Luke AFB, AZ, in 1971; 1633rd TASG,
Ontario AP, in 1982. This is one of the F-4's flown by the late Capt Dean Paul
Martin, USAF Reserves, who was killed in the crash of an F-4. He was the son of
famed entertainer Dean Martin. This aircraft is on loan from the USAF.

According to the Air Force Historical Research Agency (AFHRA/RSA), Maxwell
AFB, AL, the museum's F-4C has the following history:

F-4C, s/n 63-7693, was manufactured by McDonnell Aircraft, St Louis, MO and
delivered to the USAF on 1 Feb 1965. Its assignments were:

Feb 1965 -  To 8th Tactical Fighter Wing (TAC), George AFB CA

Nov 1965 -  To 479th Tactical Fighter Wing (TAC), George AFB CA

Apr 1966  - To 431st Tactical Fighter Squadron (TAC), George AFB CA

Feb 1967  - To 4525th Fighter Weapons Wing (TAC), Nellis AFB

12 May 67  - To 479th Tactical Fighter Wing (TAC), George AFB CA

30 May 67  - To 8th Tactical Fighter Wing (PACAF), Ubon RTAFB Thailand

Nov 1967  - To 366th Tactical Fignter Wing (PACAF), Da Nang AB SVN

Feb 1968  - To Ogden Air Materiel Area UT

Mar 1968  - To 4453rd Combat Crew Training Wing (TAC), Davis Monthan AFB AZ

Apr 1971  - To Ogden Air Materiel Area UT

Aug 1971  - To 58th Tactical Fighter Training Wing (TAC), Luke AFB AZ

Apr 1977  - Unit becomes 58th Tactical Training Wing

Nov 1982  - To 163rd Tactical Air Support Group (ANG), Ontario AP CA

Mar 1984  - Unit (163rd Tactical Fighter Group) transfers to March AFB CA

May 1987  - Dropped from USAF inventory by transfer to museum or school.with
total of 5,123 flight hours