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McDonnell Douglas F-4F Phantom II
38+13 "Final Flight", WTD-61 Manching AB, 2013
|The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II is a two-seat, supersonic long-range all-weather
fighter-bomber. The aircraft 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”, along with others that were less flattering. The F-4 went
on to serve in no less than 11 other countries. Production ended in 1979 with 5,201
aircraft manufactured in 14 different versions.
The F-4F variant of the McDonnell Douglas Phantom II entered service with the Luftwaffe
in 1974. Eventually 175 F-4Fs would replace the F-104Gs Starfighters used by two
interceptor wings (JG-71 and JG-74) and two ground attack wings (JBG-35 and JBG-36).
F-4F 72-1223 C/N 4644 was assigned to JBG-36 and later transferred to WTD61
(Technical and Airworthiness Centre) at Manching AB. Even when the F-4F had been
removed from active service 38+13 still flew at WTD 61. On July 30, 2013 wearing a
special paint scheme 38+13 made its final flight.
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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