The F-4D was an improved “C” variant with most improvements being internal electronics and
avionics. The F-4D entered operational service in April 1966 and joined the combat forces in
Southeast Asia in May 1967. With the arrival of the “D” most of the “C” variant
was reassigned to ground attack with the “D”s taking on the air-to-air interceptor role. In 1968 –
1969 a total of 825 “D” models were produced 793 for the USAF and 32 for the Iranian Air Force.

On April 16, 1972 four F-4Ds were on combat patrol over North Vietnam. The third aircraft,
66-7550 c/n 2085, was crewed by pilot Major Dan Cherry and WSO Jeff Feinstein. The four
F-4Ds encountered several MiG-19 and MiG-21s and after a five minute dogfight Cherry and
Feinstein scored their first victory. The MiG-21 pilot was Lieutenant Nguyen Hong My who
survived the war and on April 16, 2009 was the guest of honor at the public opening of the
66-7550 display in the Aviation Heritage Park, Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Specifications McDonnell-Douglas F-4D Phantom II

Type – Fighter

Entered Operational Service - April 1966

Crew - 2

Length - 62 ft. 10 in. (18.9 m)
Height - 16 ft. 6 in. (5.03 m)
Wingspan - 38 ft. 5 in. (11.71 m)
Wing area - 530 sq ft.  (49.23 sq m)

Empty Weight - 28,276 lbs  (12,823 kg)
Gross Weight - 50,341 lbs  (22,830 kg)
Max Weight - 58,000 lbs  (26,303 kg)

Engines - 2 X General Electric J79-GE-17 turbojets
Dry - 11,870 lb. st
With Afterburners - 17,900 lb. st

Fuel load
Total - 3,230 US gallons  (12,226 l)
Maximum internal
Internal fuselage tanks - 1,260 gallons  (4,769 l)
Internal wing tanks - 630 gallons  (2,384 l)
Maximum external
600 US gallon (2,271 l) centerline tank
2 - 370 US gallon (1,400 l) tanks under each wing on the outer pylons.

Range - 1375 mi (2,214 km)
Cruise Speed - 587 mph (945 kph) (510.81 kt)
Max Speed
@ 42,000 ft - 1,432 mph (2,304.5 kph) (12,801 m) (Mach 2.17)
@ Sea Level - 826 mph (1,329.3 kph) (Mach 1.08)
Landing speed - 165 mph (265.5 kph)
Initial rate of climb - 40,100 fpm (12,222.5 m/min)
Maximum rate of climb - 48,300 fpm (14,721.1 m/min)
Ceiling - 59,400 ft (18,104 m)
Combat range - 502 miles (807.9 km)
Maximum range - 1,844 miles (2,967.6 km) with maximum external fuel.

(4) Aim-7D or (4) Aim-7E Sparrow missiles semi-recessed on slots in the fuselage belly
+ up to (4) Aim-9 Sidewinder missiles on the inboard pylons or up to (18) x 750 lb
(340 kg) bombs for a maximum offensive load of 16,000 lbs (7,257.48 kg)
Hobby Master 1/72 Air Power Series
McDonnell Douglas F-4D Phantom II
No. 67-550, Major Dan Cherry F-4D, 13th TFS,
432nd TRW, 16 April, 1972
This is the F-4 that downed the MiG-21
HA0181A and
True 1/72 scale.
Professionally painted.
Great attention to detail.
All markings are Tampoed (pad applied).
Option to display the model on a stand that is provided.
Model can be shown with the landing gear in the down or up positions.
Loads of optional armament provided.
Canopy can be displayed open or closed.
Pilot figures included.
Extremely heavy metal with a minimum of plastic.
Highly collectable.
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