F-4 Infographic


By Dario Leone
Feb 25 2017
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The F-4 Phantom II was the primary fighter-bomber aircraft in the U.S. Air Force throughout the 1960s and 1970s

The interesting Infographic in this post provides some interesting facts about the legendary F-4 Phantom II.

First flown in May 1958, the F-4 originally was developed for U.S. Navy fleet defense and entered service in 1961. The U.S. Air Force (USAF) evaluated it as the F-110A Spectre for close air support, interdiction and counter-air operations.

In 1962, the USAF version was approved. The Air Force’s Phantom II was designated F-4C, and first flew May 27, 1963. Production deliveries began in November 1963.

The F-4 was the primary fighter-bomber aircraft in the U.S. Air Force throughout the 1960s and 1970s. F-4s also flew reconnaissance and “Wild Weasel” anti-aircraft missile suppression missions. Phantom II production ended in 1979.

Noteworthy the last version of the iconic Phantom II was the QF-4, which is a reusable full-scale, remotely piloted aerial target modified from the F-4.

As we have reported in a recent extensive article, the QF-4 was retired from the United States Air Force on Dec. 21, 2016 at Holloman Air Force Base (AFB), N.M..

F-4E Print
This print is available in multiple sizes from AircraftProfilePrints.com – CLICK HERE TO GET YOURS. F-4E Phantom II 32nd TFS, CR 68-446

Photo credit: U.S. Air Force

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Dario Leone

Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.
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