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The "Phabulous Phantom" remains one of the most imposing fighters ever developed by the United States. First used in 1960 by the Navy as a carrier based fighter­‐bomber, Phantom would also become a workhorse for the Marines and Air Force during the Vietnam War and would play a significant role in Operation Desert Storm before its retirement in 1996. In combat the F‐4 held a superior advantage in thrust and was capable of reaching 1,485 mph with a climb rate of approximately 41,000 feet per minute! Phantom could carry more than 16,000 pounds of ordinance that included Sparrow and Sidewinder air-­to-­air missiles. Ultimately, Phantom was responsible for 280 air to air victories, the vast majority of them in the skies over Vietnam. Ultimately, over 5000 Phantoms were built between 1958 and 1981. Phantoms continue to serve in foreign militaries around the world.

Craft Stats

Type Two-seat Carrier-borne Interceptor, Fighter-bomber
Bureau Number 153077
NMNA ID 2005.071.001
Powerplant Two 79.65-­kN (17,920-­lb-­thrust) General Electric J79-­‐8A afterburning turbojets
Maximum speed 2390 km/h (1485 mph), Mach 2.23
Combat radius 1450 km (900 miles)
Range 3700 km (2294 miles)
Service ceiling 21,640 m (71,000 ft)
Armament Four AIM-­7 Sparrow medium-­range and four AIM-­9 Sidewinder short-­range air-­to-­air missiles, plus various air-­to-­ground stores
Weights Empty 12,701 kg (27,942 lb) Maximum take-­off 24,766 kg (54,485 lb)
Dimensions Span: 11.71 m (38 ft 5 in) Length: 17.75 m (58 ft 3 in) Height: 4.95 m (16 ft 3 in) Wing Area: 49.24 m2 (530 sq ft)
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