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F-4F PHANTOM

 

From January 1971 on, the German Air Force flew the RF-4E PHANTOM II as a reconnaissance aircraft. Between 1971 and 1972, 88 aircraft were delivered to Reconnaissance Wing 51 "Immelmann" and to Reconnaissance Wing 52.

 

From January 1971, the German Air Force flew the RF-4E PHANTOM II as a reconnaissance aircraft. Between 1971 an 1972, 88 aircraft were delivered to Reconnaissance Wing 51 "Immelmann" and to Reconnaissance Wing 52.

 

From 1973 until 1975, the German Air Force received a total of 175 F-4F PHANTOM II which were employed as fighters and fighter bombers. In the period from 1977 until 1991 another 10 F-4E aircraft were stationed at George Air Force Base (AFB) inCaliforniafor pilot and WSO training.

 

Between 1991 and 1996, 110 F-4F were upgraded with APG-65 radar and AMRAAM (Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile) missiles. After the official deactivation of Pferdsfeld Airbase, the F-4F PHANTOMs of Fighter Wing 73 (JG 73) were relocated in July 1997. Joint flight operations of MiG-29 and F-4F PHANTOM at Laage Airbase began in September 1997.

 

In 2002, the flight operations of the PHANTOMs in Laage came to an end, when the preparations for the EUROFIGHTER began. The last F-4F of the German Air Force left Fighter Wing 71 “Richthofen“ (today TAFG  "R"), while conversion process to the EUROFIGHTER was already ongoing at Tactical Air Group "Richthofen".

 

  

 

Technical Data

Manufacturer

McDonnell Douglas

Engine(s)

2 x General Electric J79-GE-17A

Performance / Thrust

each 52.5 kN (79.24 kN with afterburner)

Length

19.20 m

Height

11.70 m

Wingspan

5.02 m

Empty weight

13,800 kg

Max. takeoff weight

28,000 kg

Maximum speed

1,460 km/h low-level / mach 2.25 at 12,000 m height

Cruise speed

940 km/h

Service ceiling

16,500 m (limited up to 14,630 m in German Air Force)

Range

1,150 km

Ferry range

3,180 km

Armament F-4F

M61A1 Vulcan gun with 6 x 20 mm, up to 4 AIM-9L air-to-air-missiles (infrared),

up to 4 AIM-120 AMRAAM air-to-air guided missile

(previously as fighter bomber with various bombs up to 5,600 kg)

Sensors RF-4E

one angled-view camera in flight direction, one low-level flight camera for 180 degree-panoramic photographs from horizon to horizon, 2 cameras for middle and high altitude

Crew

2 (pilot / weapon system officer)

Maiden flight

27 May 1958