McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II. Photo. Characteristics.
McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II. Photo. Characteristics.

McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II. Photo. Characteristics.



A type: Twin-engine, all-weather jet interceptor

CrewTwo people, arranged one behind the other

The most famous post-war fighter F-4 «phantom» (Phantom) II Company "McDonnell Douglas" is still part of the military community, 910 aircraft flying in the Air Force nine countries around the globe. However, this number is decreasing every year, and most of 5195 aircraft built for 19 years, now decommissioned.

Initially developed by McDonnell on its own initiative, the Phantom II aircraft went from a ground-attack aircraft armed with four 20-mm cannons to an advanced all-weather interceptor that was not armed with guns but differed in modern radar and missiles. Ordered by the US Navy for aircraft carriers, the first production F-4B aircraft began shipping in December 1960. The following year, comparative tests were carried out on the "Phantom" II aircraft and various US Air Force fighters, the results of which clearly showed that the F-4 aircraft significantly exceeded all its rivals from the Air Force. The US Air Force immediately ordered this aircraft in a slightly modified version of the A-4S, and 16 from the 23 aircraft wings of the Tactical Aviation Command fighters were equipped with these aircraft.



The outbreak of war in Vietnam dragged "Phantom» II in the fighting, and he soon proved his truly multi-purpose capabilities, delivering tons of bombs in large-scale air raids. Enhanced modification of aircraft "Phantom» II (F-4E and F- 4J) also made their debut in the fighting at the end of 1960-ies. All other foreign customers, such as the United Kingdom, Israel, Germany and Japan, acquired the aircraft F-4 in large quantities.

* According to previously published data, the F-4 was created as an all-weather interceptor, but began mass production in the fighter-bomber version. In his arsenal, in particular, there were one built-in and up to two outboard (in gondolas under the wing) Vulcan cannons. - Approx. ed.

Basic data

Dimensions (to modify the F-4D):

Length: 17,76 m

Wingspan: 11,7 m

Height: 4,96 m

The weight:

Empty: 12 700 kg

Maximum takeoff: 26 308 kg

Aircraft performance characteristics:

Maximum speed: 2414 km / h

Flight range: 3700 km - ferry range

Power point: Two turbojet engine J79-15 company "General Electric"

Power: 151 kN thrust

Date of first flight:

May 27, 1958

Remaining airworthy modifications: F-4D / E / F / G, QF-4N and RF-4C / E