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McDonnell-Douglas RF-4C 'Phantom II'

Description
Notes: F-4C modified for photographic and electronic reconnaissance missions.
  Manufacturer:McDonnell-Douglas
  Base model:F-4
  Designation:RF-4
  Version:C
  Nickname:Phantom II
  Equivalent to: F-110A
  Designation System:U.S. Tri-Service
  Designation Period:1962-Present
  Basic role:Fighter
  Modified Mission:Reconnaissance
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Specifications
  Length: 62' 10' 18.9 m
  Height:16' 6" 5.0 m
  Wingspan: 38' 5" 11.7 m
  Wingarea: 530.0 sq ft 49.2 sq m
  Empty Weight: 28,276 lb 12,823 kg
  Gross Weight: 50,341 lb 22,830 kg
  Max Weight: 58,000 lb 26,303 kg

Propulsion
  No. of Engines: 2
  Powerplant: General Electric J79-GE-15 (A/B 17,000Lb/7,711Kg)
  Thrust (each):10,900 lb 4,944 kg

Performance
  Range: 1,375 miles 2,214 km
  Cruise Speed: 587 mph 945 km/h 510 kt
  Max Speed: 1,459 mph 2,349 km/h 1,269 kt
  Climb: 48,300 ft/min14,721 m/min
  Ceiling: 59,400 ft 18,104 m

Known serial numbers
63-7740 / 63-7742, 63-7743 / 63-7749, 63-7750 / 63-7763, 64-0997 / 64-1017, 64-1018 / 64-1037, 64-1038 / 64-1061 , 64-1062 / 64-1077 , 64-1078 / 64-1085 , 64-1086 / 64-1125 , 65-0818 / 65-0838 , 65-0839 / 65-0864 , 65-0865 / 65-0901 , 65-0902 / 65-0932 , 65-0933 / 65-0945 , 65-0946 / 65-0961 , 66-0383 / 66-0386 , 66-0387 , 66-0388 , 66-0389 / 66-0406 , 66-0407 / 66-0428 , 66-0429 / 66-0450 , 66-0451 / 66-0472 , 66-0473 / 66-0478 , 67-0428 / 67-0442 , 67-0443 / 67-0453 , 67-0454 / 67-0461 , 67-0462 / 67-0469 , 67-0462 / 67-0469 , 68-0548 / 68-0561 , 68-0562 / 68-0576 , 68-0577 / 68-0593 , 68-0594 / 68-0611 , 68-0612 / 68-0633 , 69-0349 / 69-0357 , 69-0358 / 69-0366 , 69-0367 / 69-0375 , 69-0376 / 69-0384 , 69-0385 / 69-0399 , 70-0653 / 70-0688 , 71-0248 / 71-0252 , 71-0253 / 71-0259 , 72-0145 / 72-0150 , 72-0151 / 72-0153 , 72-0154 / 72-0156

Examples of this type may be found at
MuseumCityState
Air Force Flight Test Center MuseumEdwards AFBCalifornia
Air Power Park and MuseumHamptonVirginia
Alabama ANG - 117th ARW, BirminghamBirminghamAlabama
Goodfellow AFBGoodfellow AFBTexas
Hill Aerospace MuseumHill AFBUtah
Kentucky ANG - 123rd AW, LouisvilleLouisvilleKentucky
March Field Air MuseumRiversideCalifornia
Minnesota Air Guard MuseumMinneapolisMinnesota
Nebraska ANG - 155th ARG, LincolnLincolnNebraska
Ohio ANG - 121st ARW, Rickenbacker ANGBColumbusOhio
Shaw AFBShaw AFBSouth Carolina
USAF Armament MuseumEglin AFBFlorida
United States Air Force MuseumWright-PattersonOhio
Yankee Air MuseumBellevilleMichigan

RF-4C on display

Air Force Flight Test Center Museum

Air Power Park and Museum

Alabama ANG - 117th ARW, Birmingham

Hill Aerospace Museum

March Field Museum

Minnesota Air Guard Museum

Shaw AFB

United States Air Force Museum

USAF Armament Museum

Yankee Air Museum
   


 

Recent comments by our visitors
 Art Krenzel
 , WA
I was a pilot flying the RF-4C in the 32 TRS at Alconbury during 1970-73 and might have more information about the RF-4C crash into the North Sea if you are interested in emailing me.
Art
03/16/2014 @ 11:40 [ref: 68421]
 Cater B
 , TX
To Rodney in FL.Where were you c/c on 66-0477.I would like to know more history on this bird. A friend off mine was killed in this aircraft on an incentive ride out of Bergstrom in 86.
12/06/2013 @ 10:23 [ref: 68214]
 Cheryl W.
 Ft. Washington, MD
I was an Inertial Nav. Specialist at Shaw, 1977-1979..remember many dsys and nights tearing out and repairing black boxes... good times...
11/27/2013 @ 15:28 [ref: 68192]
 Cheryl W.
 Ft. Washington, MD
I was an Inertial Nav. Specialist at Shaw, 1977-1979..remember many dsys and nights tearing out and repairing black boxes... good times...
11/27/2013 @ 15:27 [ref: 68191]
 Lynn Jensen
 , MN
I was stationed at Udorn RAF Nov '67 thru Nov '68. There was a major ground accident during that time frame. One of the F4's caught the barrier and torn it out (the F4 had a SAM stuck in the #2 engine, #one was stuck in AB). If anyone has information on this crash, please get in touch, I need specifics for a PTSD claim. Thank You
11/20/2013 @ 09:53 [ref: 68174]
 Lynn Jensen
 , MN
I was stationed at Udorn RAF Nov '67 thru Nov '68. There was a major ground accident during that time frame. One of the F4's caught the barrier and torn it out (the F4 had a SAM stuck in the #2 engine, #one was stuck in AB). If anyone has information on this crash, please get in touch, I need specifics for a PTSD claim. Thank You
11/20/2013 @ 09:52 [ref: 68173]
 Rodney Hamilton
 , FL
1st Pete in WI. You are correct as far as the "JO" tail letters. 2nd Rob in AR, Wish you would have put you last name in with comments. I was the C/C on 66-0477. I worked on your plane quite a few times. And Yes I was there 80-83. Do you remember the old steel bathtub that would get filled up with beer the last Fri of the month?.
10/16/2013 @ 18:17 [ref: 68109]
 Tom A
 , AZ
I was an FLR tech on these at Shaw from 81-82 and followed them to Bergstrom until 64.
05/03/2013 @ 07:15 [ref: 67787]
 Paul Whitman
 Fremont, CA
Stationed at RAF Alconbury from April 1967 through Oct. 1970 working as an Auto-Pilot troop working mostly nights on A/P and instrument repair on our three squadrons of RF-4C's.

To Crew Chief Kincaid, we knew eachother after 004 was returned. Constantly had repeat write up about True Ground Track control. Aircraft always drifted about 3 degrees to the right with A/P after the accident. It sustained some kind of structural damage in the accident which i witnessed years before, and as a consequence 004 was limited to sub-sonic flight.

I remember one evening when we debriefed some Lt.Col about the TGT problem. Do you remember how pissed he got when I suggested that he disconnect the A/P and actually fly the plane himself?...At least that's the way I remember that particular incident, because there wasn't a A/P problem that we couldn't fix except on 004.

004 is now on static display at Edwards I'm told and I plan to visit her someday.
07/26/2012 @ 21:49 [ref: 64007]
 Robert Kincaid SMsgt Retired
 , CA
I had the honor of being the crew chief on RF-4C 64-1004 in 1968 when it returned to RAF Alconbury after being repaired. I remember trying to get the FCF completed and preflighting 31 times and it aborting for a variety of reasons before it finally took off. It was a love hate relationship. Early morning preflights and late nights getting it fixed for the next day. Loved every minute of it!
10/24/2011 @ 19:36 [ref: 49718]

 

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