Hobby Master 1/72 Air Power Series
F-4E Phantom II
3-6643, Iranian Air Force, 2010
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 1971 the order for 208 F-4Es and 32 RF-4E began arriving for the Imperial Iranian Air Force
(IIAF). In 1979 a revolution took place and an embargo was applied and only 177 F-4Es were
delivered. The Imperial Iranian Air Force (IIAF) became the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force
(IRIAF). In October 1975 F-4E 73-1545 MSN 4715 serial 3-822 arrived in Iran assigned to the
32nd TFW. Later with the IRIAF the aircraft became 3-6643 assigned to the 6th TAB / 61st TFS.
In 2009 3-6643 received its shark mouth.
Around 2008 the RoKAF began to reduce its reliance on the Phantom and replacing them with
the new F-35.
Specifications McDonnell Douglas F-4E Phantom II
Engines – (2) 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 center line 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) 20-mm M61A1 cannon with 639 rounds in an under-nose gondola
(4) AIM-7 Sparrow semi-active radar homing air-to-air missiles in semi-recessed slots in the
(2) to (4) AIM-9 Sidewinder infra-red homing air-to-air missiles carried under the wings on the
Total offensive load of up to 16,000 pounds could be carried on the center line and four under-