F4 Phantom - Blunt End by David Davies

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Taken at the US Air Force Museum, Wright-Petterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio, USA.

(Wikipedia) The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II is a tandem two-seat, twin-engined, all-weather, long-range supersonic jet interceptor fighter/fighter-bomber originally developed for the United States Navy by McDonnell Aircraft. It first entered service in 1960 with the U.S. Navy. Proving highly adaptable, it was also adopted by the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Air Force, and by the mid-1960s had became a major part of their respective air wings.

The Phantom is a large fighter with a top speed of over Mach 2. It can carry over 18,000 pounds (8,400 kg) of weapons on nine external hardpoints, including air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles, and various bombs. The F-4, like other interceptors of its time, was designed without an internal cannon, but later models incorporated a M61 Vulcan rotary cannon. Beginning in 1959, it set 15 world records, including an absolute speed record, and an absolute altitude record.

The F-4 was used extensively by these three U.S. services during the Vietnam War, serving as the principal air superiority fighter for both the Navy and Air Force, as well as being important in the ground-attack and reconnaissance roles by the close of U.S. involvement in the war. The Phantom has the distinction of being the last U.S. fighter flown to attain ace status in the 20th century. During the Vietnam War, the USAF had one pilot and two WSOs, and the US Navy one pilot and one RIO, become aces in air-to-air combat.6 It continued to form a major part of U.S. military air power throughout the 1970s and 1980s, being gradually replaced by more modern aircraft such as the F-15 Eagle and F-16 in the U.S. Air Force; the Grumman F-14 Tomcat and F/A-18 Hornet in the U.S. Navy; and the F/A-18 in the U.S. Marine Corps.

The F-4 Phantom II remained in use by the U.S. in the reconnaissance and Wild Weasel (suppression of enemy air defenses) roles in the 1991 Gulf War, finally leaving service in 1996. It was also the only aircraft used by both U.S. flight demonstration teams: the USAF Thunderbirds (F-4E) and the US Navy Blue Angels. The F-4 was also operated by the armed forces of 11 other nations. Israeli Phantoms saw extensive combat in several Arab–Israeli conflicts, while Iran used its large fleet of Phantoms in the Iran–Iraq War. Phantoms remain in front line service with seven countries, and in use as an unmanned target in the U.S. Air Force. Phantom production ran from 1958 to 1981, with a total of 5,195 built, making it the most numerous American supersonic military aircraft.

Olympus OM-10, 50mm 1.2


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I’ve been an amateur photographer for as long as I can remember, which at my age is about a couple of weeks! I’ve owned film cameras from Zeiss, Scheider, Leica, Nikon and Olympus, as well as digital cameras from Pentax and Canon, and still have several, if I can ever find them. I currently use a Sony NEX-5N with an 18-55mm zoom lens, and after a year of ownership am still learning all the functions.

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  • JustOneClick
    JustOneClickabout 3 years ago

    excellent mate

  • Warren. A. Williams
    Warren. A. Wil...about 3 years ago

    Great rear end.

  • Almost better than the sharp end! lol

    – David Davies

  • Ryan Davison Crisp
    Ryan Davison C...about 3 years ago

    good angle on this mate

  • Thanks, Ryan!

    – David Davies

  • Curtiss Simpson
    Curtiss Simpsonabout 3 years ago

    Nice one David the F4 was a real work horse for the AF was around them a lot during my AF career !

  • Thanks, Curtiss. As you say, it was a pretty wonderful all purpose aircraft, one of the best of all time.

    – David Davies

  • John Vandeven
    John Vandevenabout 3 years ago

    Fantastic shot David…

  • Thanks, John!

    – David Davies

  • Matthew Pugh
    Matthew Pughabout 3 years ago

    Wow, what a capture! Great work :-)

  • Thank you so much! I rather like this one!

    – David Davies

  • Peter Doré
    Peter Doréabout 3 years ago

    Very nice shot of the Phantom. Always a lovely aeroplane!

  • One of the greatest!

    – David Davies

  • Larry Llewellyn
    Larry Llewellynabout 2 years ago

    Spent ’69-"73 in the USAF as an Air Traffic Controller, we had a squadron of these stationed on my base in Okinawa! Thanks for the memories.. great times back then..

  • Glad you like it, Larry. Noisy buggers, weren’t they!

    – David Davies

  • markashkkar
    markashkkar6 months ago

    Womderful capture

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