McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom Scrapbook
Story and photos by Ken Kula
The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II entered service with the U. S. Navy in 1961. Later, the U.S. Marine Corps and Air Force adopted the supersonic fighter-bomber as one of the main weapons in aerial and air-to-ground fighting in Viet Nam.
The last operational U. S. Phantom fighters were retired in 1988, but the use of the jets as Full Scale Aerial Targets (FSATs) continued into 2016.
Altogether, 5,068 airframes were built in the U. S. The Phantom enjoyed a wide export market too, with 11 other countries equipping their air forces (and the U. K.’s Royal Navy too) flying the jet. Japan built 127 more airframes under license as well.
Here are two dozen photos of the classic McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II. Enjoy!