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McDonnell Douglas F-4F Phantom II

Photo ID 122760 by Alex van Noye. Germany Air Force McDonnell Douglas F 4F Phantom II, 38 28
Dual-seat, all weather, day/night interceptor.

The McDonnell Douglas F-4F "Phantom II"is a tailored version of the F-4E for the German Luftwaffe. Germany selected the F-4 to replace the Lockheed F-104G "Starfighter" in Luftwaffe service. McDonnell Douglas removed a single aft fuel tank, AIM-7 capability and air-to-ground munitions in the process of creating the F-4F. As a result, Germany received an interceptor. Later on in it's Luftwaffe career, the F-4F received air-to-ground capability.

In the late 1990's, Germany embarked on a modernization program called "ICE" (Improved Combat Efficiency) to upgrade 110 F-4F's. ICE included the APG-65 RADAR, AIM-120 AMRAAM capability, and a Mil Std 1553R digital data bus. For a brief period, the F-4F operated alongside it's former cold-war rival, the Mig-29, with JG73. The last unit to operate the F-4F in Germany is JG71, which will replace it's Phantoms with the Eurofighter Typhoon in 2012. A good chance exists for some of Germany's F-4F's to continue flying with Greece. The Hellenic Air Force upgraded 38 of their F-4E/G's to the similar ICE standard and might take on additional, ex-Luftwaffe machines.
  • Country of Origin: United States
  • First Flight: 3/18/73
  • Initial Service Date: 1975
  • No. Built: 175
  • No. In Service: 38 (approx.)
  • No. of Hardpoints: 9
  • Crew: 2

Power:

2 General Electric J79-GE-17A axial compressor turbojets at 17,850 lbf

Weapons:

4 x AIM-9L Sidewinder AAM's
4 x AIM-120 AMRAAM BVR AAM's
2 x AGM-65 Maverick AGM's
6 x Mk.82 unguided bombs
6 x BLU755 cluster bombs

Dimensions:

Length:63 ft.
Wing Span:38 ft. 7 in.
Wing Area:530 sq.ft
Height:16 ft. 5 in.
Empty Weight:31,967 lbs
Max. Weight:57,982 lbs
Max. Ordnance Load:5,000 lbs

Performance:

Max. Speed:1,290 mph
Cruise Speed:585 mph
Service Ceiling:60,000 ft.
Normal Range:714 nm
Max. Range:1,976 nm

Operators:

F-4F: Germany (Air Force, 175)

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