F-4C Phantom II

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F-4C Phantom II
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AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
10.3/10.3/10.3BR
2 peopleCrew
24.0 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
2 х General Electric J79-GE-15Engine
Type
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
1458 km/hStructural
463 km/hGear
Suspended armament
1 x 20 mm M61 cannonSetup 1
1 x 20 mm M61 cannonSetup 2
1 x 20 mm M61 cannon
18 x 250 lb LDGP Mk 81 bomb
Setup 3
1 x 20 mm M61 cannon
18 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bomb
Setup 4
1 x 20 mm M61 cannon
12 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bomb
Setup 5
1 x 20 mm M61 cannon
8 x 1000 lb LDGP Mk 83 bomb
Setup 6
1 x 20 mm M61 cannon
4 x AGM-12B Bullpup rockets
Setup 7
1 x 20 mm M61 cannon
2 x AGM-12C Bullpup rockets
Setup 8
1 x 20 mm M61 cannon
228 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
Setup 9
1 x 20 mm M61 cannon
48 x Zuni Mk32 Mod 0 ATAP rockets
Setup 10
1 x 20 mm M61 cannon
4 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
Setup 11
1 x 20 mm M61 cannon
12 x 250 lb LDGP Mk 81 bomb
4 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
Setup 12
1 x 20 mm M61 cannon
12 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bomb
4 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
Setup 13
1 x 20 mm M61 cannon
6 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bomb
4 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
Setup 14
1 x 20 mm M61 cannon
4 x 1000 lb LDGP Mk 83 bomb
4 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
Setup 15
1 x 20 mm M61 cannon
4 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
114 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
Setup 16
1 x 20 mm M61 cannon
4 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
24 x Zuni Mk32 Mod 0 ATAP rockets
Setup 17
1 x 20 mm M61 cannon
2 x AGM-12B Bullpup rockets
4 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
Setup 18
4 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missilesSetup 19
1 x 20 mm M61 cannon
4 x AIM-9E Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
Setup 20
4 x AIM-9E Sidewinder air-to-air missilesSetup 21
Economy
390 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
1 020 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png42 000 / 56 657/11 460 / 15 459/2 400 / 3 237Repair
290 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
1 020 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
2 800 Ge icon.pngAces
× (232) % Rp icon.pngReward for battle

Description

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The F-4C Phantom II is a rank VI American jet fighter with a battle rating of 10.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.91 "Night Vision".

General info

Flight performance

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Survivability and armour

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Armaments

Suspended armament

The F-4C Phantom II can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • 1 x 20 mm M61 Vulcan rotary cannon in a SUU-16/SUU-23 gun pod (approximately 1200 rounds)
  • 2 x additional SUU-16/SUU-23 gun pods for a total of 3 x M61 Vulcan 20 mm cannons
  • 18 x 250 lb. Mk.81 bombs
  • 18 x 500 lb. Mk.82 bombs
  • 12 x 750 lb. M117 cone 45 bombs
  • 8 x 1000 lb. Mk.83 bombs
  • 2 - 4 x AGM-12 Bullpup Air-to-Surface Missiles
  • 48 x Mk. 32 Zuni ATAP rockets
  • 228 x FFAR "Mighty Mouse" rockets
  • 4 x AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles

Usage in battles

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Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Good manoeuvrability for a jet of its size
  • Centerline gun pod is default weapon
  • Wide variety of payload options
  • One of the fastest aircraft in the game
  • Has access to AIM-9 Sidewinders
  • Excellent rate of climb
  • Good roll rate
  • M61 Vulcan is devastating to enemy aircraft

Cons:

  • Missiles are a Tier IV modification
  • Large target profile for a fighter

History

In the early 1950s, McDonnell Aircraft began work on a revised design of their F3H Demon naval fighter, in an effort to expand upon its capabilities and improve performance in general. By September 1953, the design was submitted for Navy consideration. Showing interest in the project, the U.S. Navy ordered the construction of a mock-up and expressed interest in potentially procuring the type.

By 1955, however, the U.S. Navy changed the requirements for the aircraft substantially. Instead of a multipurpose aircraft, the new design was now supposed to act as a two-seat, long-range, all-weather fleet interceptor. Having revised the design, orders were issued for the construction of two XF4H-1 prototypes as well as an additional five pre-production F4H-1s. Following comparative testing against other machines in service with the Navy at the time, the F4H proved itself as highly capable aircraft and was thus ordered into full-scale production as the F-4. The name ‘Phantom II’ was given to the aircraft at McDonnell’s 20th anniversary celebration in July 1959.

Some time after the Navy procured the F-4, other branches of the U.S. military also became interested in the aircraft. A result, the USAF also introduced a special “army” version of the F-4 into service during the mid 1960s under the designation F-4C.

The F-4 Phantom II would become one of the most produced and widely used American combat aircraft of the second half of the 20th century. With over 5,100 machines being built, the F-4 Phantom II saw service with several operators around the globe and remained in service until the 1990s, while some still serve to this day. Phantom II is widely known as a symbol of the US campaign in Vietnam, in particular.

- From Devblog

Media

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See also

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External links


USA jet aircraft
F-4  F-4C Phantom II
F-80  F-80A-5 Shooting Star · F-80C-10 Shooting Star
F-84  F-84B-26 Thunderjet · F-84G-21-RE
F-86  F-86A-5 Sabre · F-86F-25 Sabre · F-86F-2 Sabre · F-86F-35 Sabre
F-89  F-89B · F-89D
F9F  F9F-2 Panther · F9F-5 Panther · F9F-8 Cougar
Other  P-59A · F3D-1 · F2H-2 Banshee · FJ-4B · FJ-4B VMF-232 · F-100D
B-57  B-57A Canberra · B-57B Canberra