McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II – part 1
McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II, a legend.
Who doesn’t know the famous McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II? Born in the 1950s, the Phantom II is a fighter bomber originally developed for the United States Navy. The design impressed so much the American military that the US Air Force, and others, adapted it almost immediately. By 1960, both the US Navy, the US Marines, and the US Air Force had at least one version among their ranks.
The F-4 Phantom fought in the Vietnam War in its versions, B and J, with the US Navy and the Marine Corps. The US Air Force immediately listed its F-4C models, while adapting the aircraft to its own requirements. These would be the subsequent F-4D and F-4E. The Phantom has served, well into the 21st century, and fought in almost all modern wars and conflicts.
During their service, the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom excelled in every role entrusted to them. The Phantom served as a fighter, fleet defender, interceptor, reconnaissance, bomber, or suppressor of air defenses. The F-4G Wild Weasel was the last Phantom model used by the United States military. And it was used during Operation Desert Storm in 1991.
It is clear that the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II is not a small aircraft, nor is it light. However, as they proved over time, he is a deadly opponent in the hands of a well-trained pilot. Strong, robust and powerful, there is practically no weapon that he cannot carry or enemy that he cannot defeat. Its initial shortcomings, smoky engines, lack of gun or maneuverability were eventually corrected. Its constant updates cause some air forces to keep it in service until a few years ago.
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Juan José Moreno