F-4B

VF-51 Screaming Eagles F-4 Phantom II’s Flamboyant Markings in Vietnam were devised to be a magnet for enemy MiGs

VF-51 Screaming Eagles F-4 Phantom II’s Flamboyant Markings in Vietnam were devised to be a magnet for enemy MiGs

The F-4 Phantom II In response to Navy requirements for a high-altitude interceptor to defend carriers with long-range air-to-air missiles… Read More

2 weeks ago

The VF-142 F-4B that was able to make an emergency landing aboard USS Ranger after her radome was destroyed by Vietnamese AAA

VF-142 F-4B emergency landing The featured image of this article shows a U.S. Navy McDonnell F-4B Phantom II (BuNo 150643)… Read More

1 month ago

A US Navy F-4 scored the first Official US Aerial Victory of the Vietnam War against a Chinese MiG-17. But it remained unconfirmed for many years. Here’s why.

Years after, in piecing together the events of the air battle, the destruction of the Chinese MiG-17 was given to… Read More

8 months ago

The story of how the iconic F-4 Phantom II set a New Absolute Altitude record during Project Top Flight

The second prototype of the F-4 Phantom II was equipped with water injection and flown by CDR Lawrence E. Flint… Read More

1 year ago

Former USMC F-4 pilot tells the story of when he and his wingman Nearly Shot Down two Cuban MiG-17s flying over the Keys

“The flight lasted only about 25 minutes, and we landed back at base with only 800 lbs of fuel. Both… Read More

1 year ago

Former F-14 Tomcat RIO sets the record straight on first confirmed MiG-killing F-4 Phantom II of the Vietnam War

Many sources in print and on the Internet erroneously report that Commander Lou Page (pilot) and Lieutenant JC Smith (RIO)… Read More

2 years ago

How thanks to its only F-4 MiG kill, VF-111 Sundowners became the first fighter unit within the US Navy to claim MiG kills with two different types of aircraft

This victory was claimed three-and-a-heft years after 'Sundowner' Lt Tony Nargi had bagged a MiG-21 in an F-8C on Sep.… Read More

2 years ago

How legendary Naval Aviator E. Royce Williams, Jr., was able to land an F-4 Phantom II with an engine on fire and the other flamed out

While engaging in combat maneuvers, both engines of the F-4 Phantom II suddenly shut down. When E. Royce Williams, Jr.,… Read More

2 years ago

Did you know several USMC F-4s were lost or damaged in Vietnam because their napalm canisters ignited prematurely?

During the Vietnam War there were several cases of napalm canisters igniting prematurely, causing damage to USMC F-4 Phantom II… Read More

2 years ago

The story of Roy ‘Outlaw’ Cash, the first US Navy RIO to re-train as a pilot who scored the first MiG kill for the F-4J and VF-33

The MiG kill scored by Cash was the last of Rolling Thunder and the first by an East Coast (Atlantic… Read More

3 years ago

THE UNKNOWN STORY OF THE FIRST OFFICIAL AMERICAN AERIAL VICTORY OF THE VIETNAM WAR

Even if Chinese claimed the destruction of the F-4 immediately after the engagement it was not considered politically prudent to… Read More

3 years ago

The tense story of the US Navy F-4 crew who had to eject while flying at high speed, low altitude over North Vietnam

At the time of the explosion, Lt. Jack Ensch and Lt. Cmdr. Michael Doyle were flying at 500 knots at… Read More

3 years ago

Correcting the Record on first confirmed MiG-killing Phantom of the Vietnam War

On their MiG-killing mission of Jun. 17, 1965, Commander Lou Page (pilot) and Lieutenant JC Smith (RIO) were flying F-4B… Read More

4 years ago

F-4 Phantom Vs F-14 Tomcat: Naval Aviator who Flew Both tells which one was the Better Fighter and which one was his Favorite to Fly

The F-14 Tomcat entered active service in 1974 and started to replace the F-4 Phantom in the same year. In… Read More

4 years ago

The sad story of the Forrestal Fire

As the F-4B's own electrical systems took over, causing a power surge, there was a tremor beneath the left wing… Read More

5 years ago