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HA19027 McDonnell Douglas F-4D Phantom II 66-7733, 480th TFS, USAF,
Phu Cat AB, 1969

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.


In 1957 the 480th TFS was established as the 480th FBS equipped with F-100s. In May 1969 the 480th TFS converted to the F-4D and later that year moved to Phu Cat AB, South Vietnam. The squadron was the first to shoot down a MiG-21 and had a total of 9 MiG victories. F-4D 66-7733 was delivered to the 366th TFW in 1969 and then the 480th. After Vietnam the 480th TFS was disbanded and 66-7733 moved from squadron to squadron before being sent to AMARC in 1989 and scrapped in September 1998

Specifications McDonnell-Douglas F-4D Phantom II
Type – Fighter
Entered Operational Service - April 1966
Crew - 2
Dimensions
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)
Weights
Empty Weight - 28,276 lbs (12,823 kg) Gross Weight - 50,341 lbs (22,830 kg) Max Weight - 58,000 lbs (26,303 kg)
Powerplant
Engines - 2 X General Electric J79-GE-17 turbojets Thrust 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.
Performance
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.
Armament
(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)