McDonnell-Douglas F-4S 'Phantom II'

Notes: F-4J modified for extended service life.
  Base model:F-4
  Nickname:Phantom II
  Designation System:U.S. Tri-Service
  Designation Period:1962-Present
  Basic role:Fighter
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  Length: 58' 3" 17.7 m
  Height:15' 8" 4.7 m
  Wingspan: 38' 4" 11.6 m
  Wingarea: 530.0 sq ft 49.2 sq m
  Empty Weight: 30,778 lb 13,958 kg
  Gross Weight: 51,268 lb 23,250 kg
  Max Weight: 56,000 lb 25,396 kg

  No. of Engines: 2
  Powerplant: General Electric J79-GE-10 (A/B 17,900Lb/8,119Kg)

  Range: 1,380 miles 2,222 km
  Cruise Speed: 564 mph 908 km/h 490 kt
  Max Speed: 1,428 mph 2,299 km/h 1,242 kt
  Climb: 41,250 ft/min12,572 m/min
  Ceiling: 54,700 ft 16,672 m

Examples of this type may be found at
MCAS El Toro Historical FoundationIrvineCalifornia
NAF WashingtonWashingtonDist of Col
Texas Air MuseumSlatonTexas

F-4S on display

NAF Washington


Recent comments by our visitors
 Enrico mandragona
 Clifton, NJ
I was on the USS Forrestal CV-59 from 81-86 right through its slep period in the Philly ship yard. Are main bird is the phanthom! V F -74 / VF-103 & VMFA-115 siver eagles. The phanthom is & always will be my favored fighter. The only fighter that has to this day that shot a mig at Mach 1.7 !!! That was an F-4E! I wish the navy got an F-4s with a internal gun! Though the belly gun was mounted when we were bombing Lebanon .i am proud to say I got to see the F-4J&S in its hay day! Had it not been for the F-18 it would of been in production longer! & she's still flying as a US drone & in othe counties! Now that the F-35 is coming on line she's the new phanthom unofficialy! I believe Boeing has the rights to the name in ( phanthom works). I recently got to see the F-18 super hornet demo team at an air show & was impressed with it! It actually made more noise than the 6 F 16s flying around! What's there name??? lol ! I work on the USS intrepid as a volunteer & we have a marine F-4n from the croral sea on deck! A nice one I may add! Long live the PHANTHOM!
05/17/2015 @ 04:33 [ref: 69094]
 Annapolis, MD
When I joined VMFA 321 MAG 41, I was excited and privileged to have worked on the F-4S Phantom. From packing chutes to hours of long maintenance, I really liked this aircraft allot. MAG 41 was awesome. Best group of men I ever served with. I was there from late 85 to 88. I remember the line shack and all us jarheads fooling around during downtime, but my favorite memory was launch time. As a plane captain, the responsibility of the aircraft was all mine. We worked together to get these birds in the air, but come launch time, the show belonged to us plane captains. The F-4S was the quintessential work horse of Marine Aviation. The men who flew her and the men who worked on her loved the aircraft. I remember Fallon Naval Air Station for a two week exercise. I had a blast. Phantoms every where. As a plane captain, I helped with just about every aspect of the aircraft, but the different shops really did all the real work. The a bunch of great guys. I am older now, but I haven't forgotten those long nights waiting on electric shop to make necessary repairs so the aircraft could fly the next day. The smell of kerosene and the wavy night air making working at the MAG some of the best times I ever had as a Marine. I do miss it and those beautiful loud mean looking F-4S Phantoms. To all who served with me during late 85 to 88......Salute and Semper Fi.

God Bless, Pete
04/18/2013 @ 18:48 [ref: 67746]
 Kilmarnock, VA
Israeli F-4 is basically a F-4e and was delivered in 1969. They have all been retired as of 2007.
12/30/2012 @ 08:44 [ref: 67453]
 John Clark
 Mendota, IL
I like all the comments about those wonderful birds but one caught my eye. That a fellow Marine is calling one of the F4's from VMFA321 being from Checker Board, thats wrong because Checker Board is VMFA312 with DR tail markings while the Hells Angels with with a tail marking of MG belongs to VMFA321 that was based out of Andrews AFB Naval side til disbanded. I got the privilige to work with some of the finest people I have ever gotten to meet and know at both of these squadrons when I had the oppurtunity to work in the Com/Nav shops in both of these squadrons. Cpl USMC 73-77
04/07/2012 @ 14:46 [ref: 55208]
 Rich Garrett
 Justin, TX
I noticed you had a picture of the F4-S of VF-201 out of NAS Dallas. That was when the HAD VF 201 & VF202 there before it was all moved to JRB Ft Worth. I was in both Sdqns at one time as a reserve and I was an AQ2 working on the APQ-72 radar in these aircraft. Shortly after that picture you had taken of that F4, they changed over to the F-14B Tomcats. The F4 was an excellent platform for what it was for the time it came in and right up until it was phase out. A real workhorse.
05/18/2011 @ 09:38 [ref: 38088]
 danny griffin
 walker, LA
I served proudly in vmfat 201 from 72 to 74 at cherry point in the flight line under gunny (maddog) morley and a bunch of great guys, snook,strickland ,sgt.guy and so forth. would love to hear from some of them. the f-4 was one of the greatest planes that ever flew. when the blue angles needed a f-4 they would get one of our lead nose planes and send it to narf and refurbish it and give it to the blue angles at that time. David owens on the comment above made mention triple nuts the hanger queen and i do remember that. in 74 we disbanded 201 and sent our planes to vmfat 101 i stayed in yuma for a month and a half and then was sent back to cherry point till i got out of the marines
01/08/2010 @ 11:58 [ref: 25538]
 Ron Fisher
 , TX
I don't believe the Israeli F-4 aircraft below are 'S' Models. The radomes are similar to the USAF F-4E models, and they are carrying USAF style inboard wing pylons. Additionally, the Hi-band ECM antennas are missing from the upper inlet duct.
12/06/2007 @ 10:37 [ref: 18816]
 SN Prickitt
 , FL
I don't mean to be petty, but one of the pictures below of an F-4S is NOT a Navy bird but a proud MARINE aircraft. Since I was in the squadron that took care of this awesome machine from 1984 - 1988, I would know if I was in the Navy or MARINES. Also, the designation right on the A/C is VMFA-312 MARINES. GO CHECKERBOARDS !!!
08/17/2006 @ 15:40 [ref: 13913]
 John Owens
 Scheller, IL
I worked on the F4 from 1971 to 1974 when they were transferred to Yuma, Az. I was fortunate to have been in the Com/Nav shop and worked with a great bunch of Marines; Crane, Puca, Butler, Munoz, Top Sgt Ditto and the memorable warrant Officer Franz etc. It was an honor and a thrill to have been one of the many who had the chance to be around this great bird during her heydey. Whenever I think of my 4 years in the corps and I still have great memories of my time with Vmfat 201.
John Owens
07/07/2006 @ 18:58 [ref: 13674]
 David Owens
 , MD

Remember "Walk the Dog" when they flew so low and
slighty tilted back that you thought they might fall.
VMFAT 201 was the worlds largest F4 Phantom squad before
we sent most to Yuma in 74. Tripple nuts hanger queen
had to be proud.
08/19/2005 @ 09:55 [ref: 11028]


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