McDonnell Douglas F-4E Phantom II Aircraft Data
Photo ID 47405 by Henk Schuitemaker. Egypt Air Force McDonnell Douglas F 4E Phantom II, 66 0341
Dual-seat, all weather, day/night interceptor.

The McDonnell Douglas F-4E "Phantom II" is the version of the F-4 with an internal M61 Vulcan cannon in the elongated nose. During the initial Phantom design phase, a version with an internal cannon had been proposed but was quickly ruled out by the idea of the time that the air-to-air missiles was the wave of the future and internal guns were obsolete. However, during the air-to-air battles over Vietnam, the use of missiles-only did not go as planned, and many MiGs escaped because the Phantom's missiles either malfunctioned or missed their targets. Thus, the need for an internal gun became obvious.

The F-4E was funded in June of 1965 and went on to become the most mass-produced version of the F-4 Phantom II family. In addition to the internal gun a significant change was the addition of leading-edge slats which greatly improved combat maneuverability. Continuous improvements in engines, radar, and weapons upgrades ensured that it stay in service well into the 2000s.
  • Country of Origin: United States
  • First Flight: 6/30/1967
  • Initial Service Date: 1968
  • No. Built: 1,400
  • No. In Service: 38 (approx.)
  • No. of Hardpoints: 9
  • Crew: 2


2× General Electric J79-GE-17A axial compressor turbojets at 17,845 lbf


20-mm M61A1 Vulcan cannon with 639 rounds
4 x AIM-9L Sidewinder AAM's
4 x AIM-7 Sparrow Missiles
6 x AGM-65 Maverick
4 x AGM-62 Walleye
4 x AGM-45 Shrike, AGM-88 HARM, AGM-78 Standard ARM
4 x GBU-15
18 x Mk.82, GBU-12
5 x Mk.84, GBU-10, GBU-14
18 x CBU-87, CBU-89, CBU-58
Nuclear weapons, including the B28EX, B61, B43 and B57

Up to 18,650 lb (8,480 kg) of weapons on nine external hardpoints


Length: 63 ft. 0 in.
Wing Span: 38 ft. 7 in.
Wing Area: 530 sq.ft
Height: 16 ft. 5.5 in.
Empty Weight: 30,328 lbs
Max. Weight: 61,795 lbs
Max. Ordnance Load: 18,650 lbs
Internal Fuel: 13,353 lbs


Max. Speed: 1,473 mph
Cruise Speed: 585 mph
Service Ceiling: 60,000 ft.
Normal Range: 714 nm
Max. Range: 1,976 nm


Previous F-4E Operators:
United States Air Force, Egypt, Greece, Israel, Iran, Turkey, Royal Korean Air Force, Royal Australian Air Force.

Current F-4E Operators (2018):

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