F-4F Early

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F-4F Early
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F-4F Early
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Description

The F-4F Phantom II (Early) is a gift rank VI German jet fighter with a battle rating of 10.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced during Update "Ixwa Strike" as a reward for the Future Technology event.

General info

Flight performance

Arrestor gear
Accelerates braking by grabbing the brake cable on the deck of the aircraft carrier
Air brakes
Allows you to dramatically reduce the flight speed by releasing special flaps
Drogue parachute
Reduces braking distance when landing on any runway
Max speed
at 12 192 m2 140 km/h
Turn time26 s
Max altitude16 000 m
Engine2 х MTU Aero_Engines J79-MTU-17A
Type
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight24 t
Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 12,192 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 2,066 2,020 16000 26.5 27.8 162.3 152.4 850
Upgraded 2,197 2,126 25.5 26.0 236.1 204.9

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear Drogue chute
Limits
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
1458 463 607 580 463 ~11 ~4
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 810 < 750 < 700 N/A

Engine performance

Engine Aircraft mass
Engine name Number Basic mass Wing loading (full fuel)
MTU Aero Engines J79-MTU-17A 2 14,375 kg ___ kg/m2
Engine characteristics Mass with fuel (no weapons load) Max Takeoff
Weight
Weight (each) Type 8m fuel 20m fuel 27m fuel
1,724 kg Afterburning axial-flow turbojet 15,941 kg 18,196 kg 19,595 kg 24,000 kg
Maximum engine thrust @ 0 m (RB / SB) Thrust to weight ratio @ 0 m (WEP)
Condition 100% WEP 8m fuel 20m fuel 27m fuel MTOW
Stationary 5,200 kgf 8,008 kgf 1.00 0.88 0.82 0.67
Optimal 5,200 kgf
(0 km/h)
10,170 kgf
(1,400 km/h)
1.28 1.12 1.04 0.85

Survivability and armour

Crew2 people
Speed of destruction
Structural1 458 km/h
Gear463 km/h

Examine the survivability of the aircraft. Note how vulnerable the structure is and how secure the pilot is, whether the fuel tanks are armoured, etc. Describe the armour, if there is any, and also mention the vulnerability of other critical aircraft systems.

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB2 910 → 3 931 Sl icon.png
RB6 440 → 8 700 Sl icon.png
SB38 000 → 51 337 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications293 000 Rp icon.png
859 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 700 Ge icon.png
Crew training290 000 Sl icon.png
Experts1 010 000 Sl icon.png
Aces2 600 Ge icon.png
Research Aces1 010 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
90 / 200 / 590 % Sl icon.png
226 / 226 / 226 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
Mods jet compressor.png
Compressor
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
35 000 Sl icon.png
350 Ge icon.png
Mods booster.png
New boosters
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
38 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png
Mods aerodinamic wing.png
Wings repair
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
35 000 Sl icon.png
350 Ge icon.png
Mods jet engine.png
Engine
Research:
24 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
71 000 Sl icon.png
700 Ge icon.png
Mods aerodinamic fuse.png
Fuselage repair
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
35 000 Sl icon.png
350 Ge icon.png
Mods armor frame.png
Airframe
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
38 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png
Mods g suit.png
G-suit
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
35 000 Sl icon.png
350 Ge icon.png
Mods armor cover.png
Cover
Research:
24 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
71 000 Sl icon.png
700 Ge icon.png
Mods ammo.png
M60_belt_pack
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
35 000 Sl icon.png
350 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
Mk82
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
35 000 Sl icon.png
350 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods pilon rocket.png
LAU-3/A
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
35 000 Sl icon.png
350 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 1.png
Mods weapon.png
M60_new_gun
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
38 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
M117
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
38 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods air to air missile.png
AIM-9B FGW.2
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
38 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods gunpods.png
Gun pod SUU-23/A.
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
35 000 Sl icon.png
350 Ge icon.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
Mk83
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
35 000 Sl icon.png
350 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods pilon rocket.png
LAU-10/A
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
35 000 Sl icon.png
350 Ge icon.png
Mods air to air missile.png
AIM-9E
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
35 000 Sl icon.png
350 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
Mk84
Research:
24 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
71 000 Sl icon.png
700 Ge icon.png
Mods air to air missile.png
AIM-9J
Research:
24 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
71 000 Sl icon.png
700 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Offensive armament

Ammunition640 rounds
Fire rate6 000 shots/min
Main article: M61 (20 mm)

The F-4F Early is armed with:

  • 1 x 20 mm M61 cannon, chin-mounted (640 rpg)

Suspended armament

Number of setups31
List of setups
Setup 12 x 20 mm M61 cannon
(ammunition: 2 400 rounds)
Setup 22 x 20 mm M61 cannon
(ammunition: 2 400 rounds)
4 x AIM-9B FGW.2 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
Setup 32 x 20 mm M61 cannon
(ammunition: 2 400 rounds)
4 x AIM-9E Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
Setup 42 x 20 mm M61 cannon
(ammunition: 2 400 rounds)
4 x AIM-9J Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
Setup 524 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bomb
Setup 616 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bomb
Setup 711 x 1000 lb LDGP Mk 83 bomb
Setup 83 x 2000 lb LDGP Mk 84 bomb
Setup 94 x AIM-9B FGW.2 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
Setup 104 x AIM-9E Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
Setup 114 x AIM-9J Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
Setup 12285 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
Setup 1360 x Zuni Mk32 Mod 0 ATAP rockets
Setup 1418 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bomb
4 x AIM-9E Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
Setup 1518 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bomb
4 x AIM-9J Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
Setup 1618 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bomb
4 x AIM-9B FGW.2 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
Setup 1710 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bomb
4 x AIM-9B FGW.2 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
Setup 1810 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bomb
4 x AIM-9E Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
Setup 1910 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bomb
4 x AIM-9J Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
Setup 207 x 1000 lb LDGP Mk 83 bomb
4 x AIM-9B FGW.2 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
Setup 217 x 1000 lb LDGP Mk 83 bomb
4 x AIM-9E Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
Setup 227 x 1000 lb LDGP Mk 83 bomb
4 x AIM-9J Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
Setup 233 x 2000 lb LDGP Mk 84 bomb
4 x AIM-9B FGW.2 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
Setup 243 x 2000 lb LDGP Mk 84 bomb
4 x AIM-9E Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
Setup 253 x 2000 lb LDGP Mk 84 bomb
4 x AIM-9J Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
Setup 264 x AIM-9B FGW.2 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
171 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
Setup 274 x AIM-9E Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
171 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
Setup 284 x AIM-9J Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
171 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
Setup 294 x AIM-9B FGW.2 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
36 x Zuni Mk32 Mod 0 ATAP rockets
Setup 304 x AIM-9E Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
36 x Zuni Mk32 Mod 0 ATAP rockets
Setup 314 x AIM-9J Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
36 x Zuni Mk32 Mod 0 ATAP rockets

The F-4F Early can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 2 x 20 mm M61 cannons (1,200 rpg = 2,400 total)
  • 2 x 20 mm M61 cannons + 4 x AIM-9B FGW.2 Sidewinder missiles
  • 2 x 20 mm M61 cannons + 4 x AIM-9E Sidewinder missiles
  • 2 x 20 mm M61 cannons + 4 x AIM-9J Sidewinder missiles
  • 24 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bombs (12,000 lb total)
  • 16 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bombs (12,000 lb total)
  • 11 x 1,000 lb LDGP Mk 83 bombs (11,000 lb total)
  • 3 x 2,000 lb LDGP Mk 84 bombs (6,000 lb total)
  • 4 x AIM-9B FGW.2 Sidewinder missiles
  • 4 x AIM-9E Sidewinder missiles
  • 4 x AIM-9J Sidewinder missiles
  • 285 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
  • 60 x Zuni Mk32 Mod 0 ATAP rockets
  • 18 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bombs (9,000 lb total) + 4 x AIM-9B FGW.2 Sidewinder missiles
  • 18 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bombs (9,000 lb total) + 4 x AIM-9E Sidewinder missiles
  • 18 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bombs (9,000 lb total) + 4 x AIM-9J Sidewinder missiles
  • 10 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bombs (7,500 lb total) + 4 x AIM-9B FGW.2 Sidewinder missiles
  • 10 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bombs (7,500 lb total) + 4 x AIM-9E Sidewinder missiles
  • 10 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bombs (7,500 lb total) + 4 x AIM-9J Sidewinder missiles
  • 7 x 1,000 lb LDGP Mk 83 bombs (7,000 lb total) + 4 x AIM-9B FGW.2 Sidewinder missiles
  • 7 x 1,000 lb LDGP Mk 83 bombs (7,000 lb total) + 4 x AIM-9E Sidewinder missiles
  • 7 x 1,000 lb LDGP Mk 83 bombs (7,000 lb total) + 4 x AIM-9J Sidewinder missiles
  • 3 x 2,000 lb LDGP Mk 84 bombs (6,000 lb total) + 4 x AIM-9B FGW.2 Sidewinder missiles
  • 3 x 2,000 lb LDGP Mk 84 bombs (6,000 lb total) + 4 x AIM-9E Sidewinder missiles
  • 3 x 2,000 lb LDGP Mk 84 bombs (6,000 lb total) + 4 x AIM-9J Sidewinder missiles
  • 171 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets + 4 x AIM-9B FGW.2 Sidewinder missiles
  • 171 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets + 4 x AIM-9E Sidewinder missiles
  • 171 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets + 4 x AIM-9J Sidewinder missiles
  • 36 x Zuni Mk32 Mod 0 ATAP rockets + 4 x AIM-9B FGW.2 Sidewinder missiles
  • 36 x Zuni Mk32 Mod 0 ATAP rockets + 4 x AIM-9E Sidewinder missiles
  • 36 x Zuni Mk32 Mod 0 ATAP rockets + 4 x AIM-9J Sidewinder missiles

Usage in battles

The aircraft is pretty heavy, rather quick in acceleration and top speed and doesn't have the best turn time. Its armament, however, is impressive. With the gun pod modification equipped, you'll fire enough lead downrange to destroy any air target. Using the phantom as a turnfighter is generally ill-advised. Therefore, try to ambush a unsuspecting enemy. Even the single 20 mm cannon will give any foe a fiery end.

Using the bombs on the F-4F usually isn't that great of an idea: the match often evolves to the later stages before you will be able to rearm, and then two situations usually occur. Situation 1 involves your team destroying more aircraft of the enemy team, leading to a victory where bombing bases turned out to not be decisive and therefore it can be argued you are a dead weight. Situation 2 is when your team is losing. After you dropped the payload and destroyed the base in situation 2, the opposite team will start to hunt down the remaining friendly players. You might be able to survive 1 or 2 enemies, but having four on our tail usually ends badly.

Any engagement will boil down to three basic situations: you find an enemy doing a head-on, you chase an enemy or you get chased by the enemy. When doing a head-on, missiles aren't very effective so don't bother using them. Keep in mind if you're fighting another phantom, that he'll often have the afterburner on, and given the engines slight downward angle, kind of "drift", which has to be taken into account before taking the shot. You usually want to fire at around 3 km during the head-on, and keep on firing either until you get a critical hit(i.e he lost tail control, wings or he is on fire) or you can hear his shells whizzing by. In either situation, break off (an aircraft with no control travelling at 600 or more km/h still has a lot of kinetic energy, and the second situation speaks for itself). Otherwise, try to get onto his tail by starting to break off before he has passed you.

If you are chasing an enemy, try to predict his movements: your shells have a high muzzle velocity, but the enemy is still a fast and therefore difficult target. Fire along the path they can possibly go through, wasting ammo but securing a (usually critical) hit. Know when to disengage, i.e rolling scissors or another enemy is engaging you.

If you are being chased by the enemy, try to be as far and as fast as possible: if you have friendly fighters nearby, try to bait the enemies towards your teammates. If you play on a map with ships that have CIWS, many players usually underestimate those systems. It doesn't give you the kill but it keeps you alive to get more kills or bait more players. If a missile is locked onto you, try to lose as little energy as possible whilst also making sure the missile won't hit. Remember that you do not have countermeasures.

The missiles on the F-4F, apart from the AIM-9J, aren't very good. the AIM-9B FGW.2 and AIM-9E both have pretty poor lock-on range, small targeting window and they can pull roughly 10 G. The AIM-9J is better, it has a higher lock-on range, a pretty large targeting window, can pull 20 G and is faster. You want to fire a missile when the enemy is close and slow. Very close targets usually don't have the time to activate countermeasures, or the countermeasures are flat out ignored. Another way of using missiles is to make the enemy lose their energy, and making them an easy target to hit with either another missile or with your cannon.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Good performance at high altitude
  • Can carry up to 12,000 lb of ordnance
  • Varied and mixed armament presets allow for multipurpose usage in ground battles
  • AIM-9J are one of the best missiles in game

Cons:

  • Lacks countermeasures (flares/chaff)
  • Lacks SARH missiles found on other Phantoms, such as the AIM-7 Sparrow
  • Underwhelming performance at very low altitudes
  • Lacks a Ballistic Computer
  • Cannot carry more than 4 missiles
  • Dodging IR missiles is harder, with its 2 engines, which make a bigger heat signature near the plane

History

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Media

Skins

See also

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

External links


McDonnell Aircraft Corporation
Jet Fighters  F2H-2 · F3H-2
  F-4C Phantom II · F-4E Phantom II
Export / License  F-4EJ Phantom II · F-4F Early · Phantom FG.1 · Phantom FGR.2
  The McDonnell Aircraft Corporation merged with Douglas Aircraft Company in 1967 to form McDonnell Douglas.
See Also  Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

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Ar 234  Ar 234 B-2 · Ar 234 C-3
He 162  He 162 A-1 · He 162 A-2
Ho 229  Ho 229 V3
Me 163  Me 163 B · Me 163 B-0
Me 262  Me 262 A-1a · Me 262 A-1a/Jabo · Me 262 A-1a/U1 · Me 262 A-1/U4 · Me 262 A-2a · Me 262 C-1a · Me 262 C-2b
USA  ▀F-84F · CL-13A Mk 5 · CL-13B Mk.6 · ▀F-86K · F-104G · F-4F Early
USSR  ▀MiG-15bis · ▀MiG-19S · ▀MiG-21MF · ▀IL-28
Britain  Sea Hawk Mk.100
Italy  ▀G.91 R/3 · ▀G.91 R/4