Was the F-4 Phantom a good plane?
A subjective question, the F-4 was an incredibly advanced and powerful aircraft, able to fly over Mach 2.2 while carrying 18,000 pounds of weapons. Though initial models of the aircraft suffered from shortcomings, eventually the Phantom found its way to become a highly respected frontline fighter.
Are there any F-4 Phantoms still flying?
Of the nearly 5,200 Phantoms built between 1958 and 1981, the vast majority were retired or turned into targeting drones for modern, air-to-air missile testing. However, the F-4 is still flown by a number of air forces, including Greece, Iran, South Korea and Turkey.
What did the F-4 Phantom do?
The Phantom was used primarily as an interceptor during the Vietnam War, with secondary roles as a fighter-bomber.
Did the F-4 Phantom have a gun?
Originally the F-4 was not armed with an internal weapon. This was due, at the time, to the belief that modern warfare would take place at high speeds and long range, requiring the use of missiles exclusively. It was believed that fighters would never enter within dog-fighting ranges, so standoff weapons were left off.
Why was arming the F-4 with missiles and no guns a mistake?
American military doctrine at the time was focused on fighting a nuclear war with their then-primary adversary, the Soviet Union. The thinking was fast, missile firing aircraft would have no need for highly maneuverable, dog fighting. This proved disastrous in the close air war of the Vietnam era.
What plane replaced the F-4 Phantom?
By the mid-1970s and 80s, more modern aircraft like the F-15 Eagle and F-16 Fighting Falcon began to replace the F-4.
When was the last F-4 Phantom built?
The Phantom ended production in 1981 after just over 20 years, with a total of 5,195 aircraft produced.
Why was the F-4 Phantom retired?
The ever-evolving modern battlefield required the introduction of new, more specialized and advanced aircraft to take over for the aged F-4. However, the many hard-learned lessons over the course of numerous engagements by the Phantom, helped shaped modern airframes for decades.
How fast does the F-4 Phantom fly?
The twin-engine interceptor, fighter-bomber has a top speed of just over Mach 2.2, which is approximately 1,688 miles per hour.