F-4 Phantom

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$18.4 million
2x 17,900 lbs ea.
30,300 lbs.
62,000 lbs.
1- 20 mm
12,500 lbs.
61' 11"
38' 11"
585 mph
1,600 mph +
41,500 fpm
60,000 feet
1,300 miles

F-4 Phantom

F-4 Phantom

The F-4 Phantom produced by McDonnell Douglas, scored the most U.S. fighter victories over Vietnam. It was the only aircraft flown by both the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.

In 1959 an F-4 Phantom set a short standing altitude record of 98,556 feet.

In 1962 the aircraft were used to enforce the Cuban blockade. On July 10, 1965, two F-4 Phantom aircraft downed two Mig aircraft, the first U. S. air victories of the Vietnam War.

On July 24, 1965, an F-4 Phantom was shot down by a surface to air missile over Vietnam. This was the first U.S. aircraft downed by an enemy missile in the Vietnam War.

From 1965 to1972, during the Vietnam War, over 100 MiG aircraft were destroyed by F-4 Phantom aircraft in the air, and on the ground.

On January 17, 1991, during Operation Desert Storm, F-4 Phantom Wild Weasel aircraft were used to suppress Iraqi guided missile fire.

The F-4 Phantom is capable of performing in all weather conditions. It was first used by the US Navy as an interceptor, but also flew as a ground-support aircraft for the U. S. Marine Corps. Eventually it flew virtually every type of aircraft mission including fleet defense, attack, air superiority, long range strike, electronic counter measures, and reconnaissance.

A number of nations continue to fly upgraded F-4 Phantom aircraft.  As of last count, Iran had 16 F-4 Phantom aircraft in service, Japan had 71, South Korea 71, and Turkey 49.

Over 5,000 F-4 Phantom aircraft were produced in 15 different types before production ended in 1979. Over 2,600 went to the USAF and about 1,200 to the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. The remainder were sold to U.S. Allies. The USAF flew them into the 1990's.


F-4 Phantom

At Skymaster Jets you have a choice from two F-4 Phantom aircraft.  The smaller has a  wingspan of 63" and a length of 98". You will need single or twin turbines producing 34 to 40 lb. of thrust for power.  Weight is about 35 lbs.

The larger F-4 Phantom for sale from Skymaster Jets has a wingspan of 82 3/4 in and a length of 130 in.  Weight is 55 lbs.  Recommended power is a pair of P100 jet turbine engines.

BVM Jets has the F-4 Phantom with a 57 in. wingspan and 85 in. length.  It weighs about 28 lbs.  You will need a jet turbine engine producing from 25 to 35 lbs. thrust or two electric VioFans.