|The McDonnell Douglas F-4 was the main multipurpose aircraft for the US Military for 20
years. The F-4E variant was an improved version of the C/D with an elongated nose
and compact radar. These two things made it possible to install a 20mm M61A1 6 barrel
640 round Vulcan gun pod in the nose. The F-4E was the most produced variant with
1387 aircraft being made over its 12 year production period. The “E” also equipped
more air forces than any other variant of the Phantom II.
On October 15, 1972 F-4E 67-0232 was flown by Captain G.M. Rubus and Captain J.L.
Hendrickson on 15 October 1972 when they scored a victory against a MiG-21. At the
time they were based at Udorn RTAFB and assigned to the 307th TFS/432nd TRW. In
the early 1980’s the aircraft joined the 4th TFW/337th TFS based at Seymour Johnson
AFB, NC. The 337th TFS only existed from April 1, 1982 – April 1, 1985. The aircraft
was sent to AMARC (Aerospace Maintenance And Regeneration Center) from
September 1986 – June 1987. Then it was flown to the Ogden Air Logistics Center
(ALC) where it was refurbished for delivery to the Turkish AF, 131 Filo in October 1987.
Specifications McDonnell Douglas F-4E Phantom II
Engines - 2 X General Electric J79-GE-17 turbojets
Thrust – 11,870 lb. st dry, 17,900 lb. st with afterburners
Maximum internal fuel - fuselage tanks 1,364 US gallons (up to block 40) and 1,225 US
gallons (from block 41 on).
Additional - 630 gallons of fuel in internal wing tanks.
External fuel load - 600 US gallons centerline tank
Additional - 370 US gallons tanks under each wing attached to the outer pylon
Total fuel load - 3334 US gallons (up to block 40) or 3195 US gallons (from block 41 on)
Maximum speed – 1,430 mph at 36,000 ft (Mach 2.21) / 914 mph at sea level (Mach
Cruising speed – 585 mph
Landing speed – 158 mph
Initial climb rate – 61,400 fpm
Service ceiling – 62,250 ft
Combat ceiling – 59,600 ft
Combat range - 595 miles
Maximum range - 1885 miles with maximum external fuel
Empty - 29,535 lbs
Gross - 40,562 lbs
Combat - 38,019 lbs
Take off - 61,651 lbs
Wingspan - 38 ft 5 in
Wing area - 530 sq ft
Length - 63 ft 0 in
Height - 16 ft 6 in
1 X 20-mm M61A1 cannon with 639 rounds in an under-nose gondola
4 X AIM-7 Sparrow semi-active radar homing air-to-air missiles in semi-recessed slots in
the fuselage belly
2 to 4 X AIM-9 Sidewinder infra-red homing air-to-air missiles carried under the wings on
the inboard pylons
Total offensive load of up to 16,000 pounds could be carried on the centerline and four
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McDonnell Douglas F- 4E Phantom II
67-0232, 337th TFS, 1984 "MIG Killer"
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