|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.
In 1985 five ANG units began to receive F-4E Phantom IIs that had been removed from
USAF active service. The ANG F-4E’s only lasted until 1991 when the last one was retired. F-4E
68-0338 was the 110th TFS/131st TFW, Missouri ANG, Wing Commander’s aircraft
and was selected to wear the F-4 30th Anniversary scheme in 1988-1989. 68-0338 has several
other noteworthy achievements. It has a record of shooting down 2 Mig-21s in Vietnam; in
January 1990 it was the aircraft that flew the 10-millionth hour for the F-4 line. Also it was the last
F-4 to be flown by the 110th TFS, 131st TFW of the Missouri ANG. The aircraft was gutted and
sits on a pedestal in front of the Missouri Air National Guard's entrance near
Lambert International Airport in St. Louis.
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 1.19)
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
"30 Years of Phabulous Phantoms"
Wing Commander's Aircraft,
110th TFS/131st TFW, Missouri ANG, c. 1989
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