What was the F-4 Phantom used for?

What was the F-4 Phantom used for?

The US Navy initially used the Phantom as an interceptor, while the Marine Corps used the aircraft as a ground-support bomber. The aircraft can also undertake air superiority missions, close air support, interception, air defence suppression, long-range strike, fleet defence and attack and reconnaissance missions.

How much is a F-4 Phantom?

The F-4 Phantom was built in 1959 for the U.S. Navy. The aircraft set a new low-altitude speed record, doing 902 miles per hour at 125 feet. The Phantom is the only plane of its kind that is flyable in the civilian world. Now, you can own one for $3.25 million.

Was the F-4 Phantom maneuverable?

Short-range dogfights were simply not intended or trained for, as the Phantom was not a particularly maneuverable bird. Needless to say, this was not how things played out when U.S. fighters encountered North Vietnamese MiG-17 and MiG-21 jets over Vietnam.

Is the F-4 Phantom still in service?

The Phantom still holds the record for the largest production run of any supersonic fighter built in the United States. The F-4 Phantom II aircraft, which still flies in defense of 8 nations, was retired in 1996 from U.S. military forces, ending a record-studded 38-year career.

When did the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II come out?

For other uses, see F4. The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II is a tandem two-seat, twin-engine, all-weather, long-range supersonic jet interceptor and fighter-bomber originally developed for the United States Navy by McDonnell Aircraft. It first entered service in 1960 with the Navy.

How big is the F-4 Phantom 2?

The two-place, twin-engine, all-weather supersonic F-4 Phantom II flew at Mach 2 (twice the speed of sound), and could carry a payload of up to 16,000 pounds of bombs, rockets, missiles and guns. Each aircraft had 54,197 feet of wiring and 643,000 fasteners holding it together.

What was the leading edge sweep of the F-4 Phantom?

The thin-section wing had a leading edge sweep of 45° and was equipped with blown flaps for better low-speed handling. Wind tunnel testing had revealed lateral instability, requiring the addition of 5° dihedral to the wings.