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McDonnell Douglas Phantom FGR2 (F-4M)

Photo ID 189029 by Arie van Groen. UK Air Force McDonnell Douglas Phantom FGR2 F 4M, XV409
The Phantom FGR.2 (F-4M), as it is known in the RAF, is a land-based derivative of the naval Phantom FGR.1. The lack of an extending nose-wheel, and folding radome were among the changes brought forward in the new type. British Phantoms used the Rolls-Royce Spey turbofan over the J79. A custom RWR was fitted later in the type's career, producing the distinct square at the top of the vertical stabilizer. Initially, the FGR.2 (fighter, ground-attack, reconaissance) were multi-role fighters, but with the introduction of the SEPECAT Jaguar, the Phantoms reverted to the air-defense role exclusively.
  • Country of Origin: United States/United Kingdom
  • First Flight: 2/17/67
  • Initial Service Date: 1969
  • No. Built: 116
  • No. In Service: 0
  • No. of Hardpoints: 9
  • Crew: 2

Power:

2x Rolls-Royce Spey 202 turbofans at 20,400 lbf

Weapons:

No internal canon was fitted to the Phantom FGR.2, but it could carry the SUU-16/A, SUU-23/A gun pods.
4 x AIM-9L Sidewinder AAM's, 4 x Skyflash BVR AAM's
SNEB rocket pods, BL755 CBU's, B28, 43, 57, 61 nuclear weapons (centreline station)
3 x external drop-tanks
Reconaissance pod with T.I. 700 I/R scanner and SLAR.

Dimensions:

Length:57 ft. 7 in.
Wing Span:38 ft. 6 in.
Wing Area:530 sq.ft
Height:16 ft. 9 in.
Empty Weight:31,350 lbs
Max. Weight:61,652 lbs

Performance:

Max. Speed:1,386 mph
Cruise Speed:585 mph
Service Ceiling:57,200 ft.
Normal Range:702 nm
Max. Range:1,403 nm

Operators:

Royal Air Force (United Kingdom)

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