McDonnell Douglas RF-4E Phantom II Aircraft Data
Photo ID 111653 by Frank Noort. Japan Air Force McDonnell Douglas RF 4E Phantom II, 47 6903
The McDonnell Douglas RF-4E is the only variant of the Phantom, that was never operated by the USAF. In a modified nose, the RF-4E carried a variety of forward, down and side-looking cameras. These cameras had the capability to develop film in-flight and eject it for use by field commanders. Podded RADAR units could be attached to the center-line pylon and under-wing pylons.

Germany was the largest export customer for the RF-4E, with Iran being the next. A secondary ground-attack capability was added by Germany to their RF-4E fleet. Israel added locally-built avionics and sensors to their RF-4E's. Iranian RF-4E's were cannibalized to keep other F-4E's serviceable after the arms embargo was imposed. Greece obtained many of their RF-4E's by way of Germany, in addition to eight examples which were purchased new. Japan retrofitted eight license-built Mitsubishi F-4EJ to RF-4E(J) standard.
  • Country of Origin: United States
  • First Flight: 1969
  • Initial Service Date: 1971
  • No. Built: 175
  • No. In Service: 59 (approx.)
  • No. of Hardpoints: 9
  • Crew: 2

Power:

2× General Electric J79-GE-17 axial compressor turbojets at 79.4 kN

Weapons:

4 × AIM-9 Sidewinder, Python, or Shafrir AAM's (Israel)
6 X BLU-755 CBU's (Germany/Greece)

Camera fit
Bay 1: 1 x Fairchild KS-87B or KS-72 camera.
Bay 2: 3 x KS-87s or, alternatively, pairs of KS-72 or KS-87 cameras.
Bay 3: 1 x KA-91 or a KS-55A or 2 x KS-87 cameras.

Dimensions:

Length: 19.20 m.
Wing Span: 11.68 m.
Wing Area: 49.2 m²
Height: 5.03 m.
Empty Weight: 13,770 kg.
Max. Weight: 27,965 kg.
Max. Ordnance Load: 2,268 kg.

Performance:

Max. Speed: 2,390 kph
Cruise Speed: 940 kph
Service Ceiling: 18,288 m.
Normal Range: 1,300 km
Max. Range: 2,600 km

Operators:

Germany (Air Force, 88, retired 1994), Greece (Air Force, 15), Iran (Air Force, 27, grounded), Israel (Defense Force, 12), Japan (Air Force, 8), Turkey (Air Force, 40)

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