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McDonnell Douglas F-4F Phantom II
38+10, JG 71 Richthofen, Wittmundhafen Air Base
|The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II was designed as a USN Fleet defense aircraft
and entered service in 1961. The F-4 soon became one of the few aircraft to be utilized
by the USN, USAF and USMC. The Phantom could carry a varied payload and armament
so it was well suited to do just about any job. Because of its large nose and ruggedness
the F-4 earned the nickname “Rhino”. The F-4 went on to serve in no less than 11 other
countries. Production ended in 1979 with 5,201 aircraft manufactured.
The first of the 175 German F-4Fs touched down at Wittmundhafen Air Base in 1973 with
final delivery in April 1976. The F-4F replaced the F-104s that had equipped two
interceptor wings, JG-71 Richthofen, JG-74 Molders and two ground attack wings JBG-
35 and JBG-36. 2013 saw the last of the German F-4s so F-4Fs 37+01 and 38+10 were
given special paint schemes to mark the occasion. 37+01 was painted gold and blue
while 38+10 was painted in Norm 72, the original paint scheme for the F-4F.
Type: Fighter/Ground Attack
Height - 5.01 m
Length - 19.40 m
Wing Span - 11.70 m
Empty - 21,950 kg.
Max T/O weight - 27,300 kg
Engines – 2 X J79-MTU-17A engines were built under license from General Electric by
Motoren-und-Turbinenen-Union Munchen GmBH.
Thrust - 5,308 kg (8,120 kg with A/B)
Max speed - Mach 2.23 @ 12,500 m
Initial Climb Rate - 41,000 ft/min (210 m/s)
4 x AIM-120A AMRAMM air-to-air Missiles
The F-4F originally lacked the capability of carrying nuclear weapons and it could not
carry or launch certain air-to-ground missiles such as the Maverick, Shrike, or Walleye.
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