|The F-4J was the last version produced for the USN and USMC. The “J” version was basically
an upgraded “B” version with new radar and avionics as well as a better engine that required a
longer afterburner nozzle. One of the most noticeable changes to the “J” version is what isn’t
there; the infrared seeker under the nose was deleted. Also missing was an internal gun but
Sparrow and Sidewinder missiles were used for intercepting. Between 1966 and 1972 there were
522 F-4Js built. The F-4J had the distinction of scoring the only USMC air-to-air combat victory in
Vietnam and it also was the last US operational aircraft in South East Asia. In mid 1970 the F-4
Phantom II was being replaced by the new and improved F-14 Tomcat.
VF-96 “Fighting Falcons” on board the USS Constellation deployed to Vietnam from October
1971 until July 1972. While there F-4J 157267 “Showtime 112” crewed by Lt. Randall “Duke”
Cunningham and LTJG William “Willie” Driscoll shot down their first two MiG’s.
On January 19, 1972 they shot down a MiG-21 over North Vietnam followed by a MiG-17 on
May 8, 1972. 157267 was later upgraded to an “S” variant and in 1984 was sent to MASDC but
later went on display at the San Diego Air Museum.
Specification for the F- 4J
Engines: 2 X General Electric J79-GE-8B/8C/10 turbojets, 11,870 lb.s.t dry, 17,900 lb. s.t. with
afterburner. (lb.s.t. - Pounds Static Thrust)
Maximum speed: 1,584 mph at 48,000 ft. (Mach 2.4), 875 mph at sea level (Mach 1.15)
Initial climb rate: 41,250 fpm.
Service ceiling: 70,000 ft.
Combat ceiling: 54,700 ft.
Combat range: 596 miles, maximum range 1,956 miles with maximum external fuel.
30,770 lbs empty.
46,833 lbs gross.
41,399 lbs combat weight.
Wingspan: 38 ft. 5 in.
Wing area: 530 square ft.
Length: 58 ft. 3.75 in.
Height: 16 ft. 3 in.
Maximum internal fuel: in fuselage tanks 1,347 US gal.
Internal wing tanks: 630 gal.
Maximum external fuel: 3,317 US gal.
600 US gal in a centerline tank, 370 US gal in each of two tanks that could be carried underneath
the outer under wing pylons.
4 X AIM-7 Sparrow semi-active radar homing air-to-air missiles in semi-recessed slots in the
2 X to 4 AIM-9 Sidewinder infra-red homing air-to-air missiles carried under the wings on the
Maximum offensive load of up to 16,000 lbs carried on the centerline and 4 under wing hard
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McDonnell Douglas F-4J "Showtime 112"
157267, VF-96, USS Constellation, 1972
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