McDONNELL F-4 PHANTOM II

F-4 SERVICE

Manufacturer: McDonnell Aircraft Corp., St. Louis, Missouri, USA
(In 1967, became McDonnell Douglas Corp., McDonnell Aircraft Co. Division)
Model: Model 98
Designations: F-4; AH, F-110, F4H
Names: Phantom II; Spectre (temporary, F-110)
First official flight: (YF4H-1) 27/05/1958
Factory production period: 1957 - 1979
1972 - 1981 (Foreign built)
Primary service period: 1960 - 1980's
Last official flight: (F-4S) 14/05/1987 (US Navy)
(F-4S) 18/01/1992 (USMC)
(F-4G) 20/04/1996 (USAF)

F-4 VARIANTS

1958 Model 98 YF4H-1 2 Total: 0002
         
1958 Model 98 F4H-1F (F-4A) 45  
1961 Model 98 F4H-1 (F-4B) 649  
1965 Model 98 RF-4B 46 Total: 0740
         
1963 Model 98 F-4C 583  
1963 Model 98 YRF-4C 2  
1964 Model 98 RF-4C 503  
1965 Model 98 F-4D 825 Total: 1913
         
1967 Model 98 F-4E 1387  
1970 Model 98 F-4E(J) 13  
1969 Model 98 RF-4E 132  
1974 Model 98 RF-4E(J) 14  
1973 Model 98 F-4F 175 Total: 1721
         
1966 Model 98 F-4J 522 Total: 0522
         
1966 Model 98 F-4K 52  
1967 Model 98 F-4M 118 Total: 0170

Grand Total: 5068

1972 Foreign built - Japan:
Model 98
F-4E(J)

127

Grand Total: 0127

F-4 PRODUCTION

YF4H-1
Prototype twin-engined, 2-seater fighter-bomber
for US Navy. Originally designed as the single
seater XAH-1. Later redesignated as F4H-1,
then as F-4A in 1962.
Produced 1957 - 1958

McDonnell St. Louis, Missouri (H)

BuNo.142259, 142260 1, 2

Total: 0002

F4H-1F
As YF4H-1, engine upgrade, minor changes.
Last 29 built to almost F4H-1 standard.
Redesignated as F-4A in 1962.
Produced 1958 - 1959

McDonnell St. Louis, Missouri (H)

BuNo.143388 / 143392 3 / 7  
BuNo.145307 / 145317 8 / 18  
BuNo.146817 / 146821 19 / 23  
BuNo.148252 / 148275 24 / 47 Total: 0045

F4H-1
As F-4A, engine upgrade, modified
canopy, nose. 29 loaned to USAF
as 62-12168 / 62-12196.
Redesignated as F-4B in 1962.
Produced 1961 - 1967

McDonnell St. Louis, Missouri (H)

BuNo.148363 / 148434 48 / 119  
BuNo.149403 / 149474 120 / 191  
BuNo.150406 / 150493 mixed 192 to 281  
BuNo.150624 / 150653 mixed 282 to 313  
BuNo.150993 / 151021 mixed 315 to 353  
BuNo.151397 / 151519 mixed 354 to 736  
BuNo.152207 / 152331 mixed 741 to 1279  
BuNo.152965 / 153070 mixed 1283 to 1770  
BuNo.153912 / 153915 mixed 1777 to 1796 Total: 0649
35 additional airframes cancelled.

RF-4B
As F-4B, unarmed photo reconn. version
for USMC. Original designation was F4H-1P.
Produced 1965 - 1970

McDonnell St. Louis, Missouri (MC)

BuNo.151975 / 151983 mixed 671 to 1103  
BuNo.153089 / 153115 mixed 1161 to 1687  
BuNo.157342 / 157351 mixed 3689 to 3937 Total: 0046

F-4C
As F-4B, version for USAF, engine upgrade, various
changes. Original designation was F-110A Spectre.
First one as YF-4C prototype.
Produced 1963 - 1966

McDonnell St. Louis, Missouri (MC)

62-12199 310  
63-7407 / 63-7713 mixed 311 to 863  
64-0654 / 64-0928 mixed 866 to 1417 Total: 0583
27 additional airframes cancelled.

YRF-4C
As RF-4B, prototype version for USAF.
Original designation was YRF-110A.
Produced 1963

McDonnell St. Louis, Missouri (MC)

62-12200, 62-12201 266, 268

Total: 0002

RF-4C
As YRF-4C, production version for USAF.
Original designation was RF-110A.
Produced 1964 - 1974

McDonnell St. Louis, Missouri (MC)

63-7740 / 63-7763 mixed 412 to 652  
64-0997 / 64-1085 mixed 660 to 1186  
65-0818 / 65-0945 mixed 1193 to 1800  
66-0383 / 66-0478 mixed 1817 to 2713  
67-0428 / 67-0469 mixed 2721 to 3308  
68-0548 / 68-0611 mixed 3319 to 3674  
69-0349 / 69-0384 mixed 3680 to 4031  
71-0248 / 71-0259 mixed 4209 to 4268  
72-0145 / 72-0156 mixed 4300 to 4396 Total: 0503
129 additional airframes cancelled.

F-4D
As F-4C, weapons systems upgrade.
Produced 1965 - 1969

McDonnell St. Louis, Missouri (MC)

64-0929 / 64-0980 mixed 1219 to 1467  
65-0580 / 65-0801 mixed 1470 to 1880  
66-0226 / 66-0283 mixed 1881 to 1956  
66-7455 / 66-7774 mixed 1957 to 2429  
66-8685 / 66-8825  mixed 2430 to 2862  
67-14869 / 6714884
- 16 to Iran as 3-601 / 3-616.
mixed 3031 to 3311  
68-6904 / 68-6919
- 16 to Iran as 3-617 / 3-632.
mixed 3323 to 3592 Total: 0825
65 additional airframes cancelled.

F-4E
As F-4D, engine upgrade, 20mm nose
cannon, various improvements.
Produced 1967 - 1979

McDonnell St. Louis, Missouri (MC)

66-0284 / 66-0382 mixed 2234 to 2809  
67-0208 / 67-0398 mixed 2812 to 3315  
68-0303 / 68-0547 mixed 3316 to 3755  
69-0236 / 69-0307 mixed 3757 to 3851  
69-7201 / 69-7273 mixed 3854 to 3961  
69-7286 / 69-7303 mixed 3964 to 3987  
69-7546 / 69-7589 mixed 3988 to 4087  
69-7711 / 69-7742
- 32 to Iran as 3-692 / 3-722, 3-656.
mixed 4093 to 4200  
71-0224 / 71-0247
- 14 to Israel.
mixed 4205 to 4237  
71-1070 / 71-1166
- 73 to Iran as 3-723 / 3-795.
mixed 4238 to 4591  
71-1391 / 71-1402
-9 to Israel.
mixed 4269 to 4280  
71-1779 / 71-1796
- 18 to Israel.
mixed 4299 to 4382  
72-0121 / 72-0144
-10 to Israel.
mixed 4281 to 4318  
72-0157 / 72-0168
-4 to Israel.
mixed 4322 to 4406  
72-1407 4398  
72-1476 / 72-1535
- 11 to Israel.
- 36 to Greece as 01500 / 01535.
mixed 4408 to 4573  
73-1016 / 73-1055
- 40 to Turkey, same s/n.
mixed 4525 to 4722  
73-1157 / 73-1204
-13 to Israel.
mixed 4594 to 4780  
73-1519 / 73-1554
- 36 to Iran as 3-796 / 3-831.
mixed 4598 to 4754  
74-0643 / 74-0666 mixed 4794 to 4818  
74-1014 / 74-1061
- 24 to Israel.
mixed 4817 to 4848  
74-1618 / 74-1653
- 2 to Greece as 01618, 01619.
mixed 4827 to 4913  
75-0222 / 75-0257
- 36 to Iran.
mixed 4914 to 4965  
75-0628 / 75-0637
- 10 to West Germany.
mixed 4943 to 4964  
76-0493 / 76-0511
- 19 to South Korea.
4966 / 4984  
77-0277 / 77-0308
- 32 to Turkey, same s/n.
mixed 4985 to 5030  
77-1743 / 77-1760
- 18 to Greece.
mixed 4995 to 5042  
78-0727 / 78-0744
- 18 to South Korea.
5051 / 5068 Total: 1387
272 additional airframes cancelled.


Turkey have operated a total of 192 Phantoms with first deliveries in
1974. 72 F-4E and 8 RF-4E Phantoms were delivered as new with the
remaining 112 delivered from retired USAF stocks. Pictured here
is ex-USAF F-4E-36-MC, s/n: 67-0360, delivered to Turkey in 1991
and retired in 2001 still wearing the famous "shark's mouth" nose art.
Turkish Air Force Museum, Istanbul, Turkey, 2005.

F-4E(J)
As F-4E, version for Japan. First two
as prototypes, last 11 delivered to
Mitsubishi in component form.
Produced 1970 - 1971

McDonnell St. Louis, Missouri (MC)

(JASDF) 17-8301, 17-8302 4038, 4044  
(JASDF) 27-8303 / 27-8306 mixed 4049 to 4065  
(JASDF) 37-8307 / 37-8313 mixed 4070 to 4204 Total: 0013

RF-4E
As F-4E, unarmed tactical reconn.
version for export.
Produced 1969 - 1978

McDonnell St. Louis, Missouri (MC)

69-7448 / 69-7535
- 88 to West Germany as 3501 / 3588.
mixed 3861 to 4199  
69-7590 / 69-7595
- 6 to Israel as 144 / 149.
mixed 4041 to 4088  
72-0266 / 72-0269
- 4 to Iran as 2-433 / 2-436.
mixed 4206 to 4211  
74-1725 / 74-1736
- 12 to Iran.
mixed 4836 to 4912  
75-0418 / 75-0423
- 6 to Israel.
mixed 4930 to 4946  
77-0309 / 77-0316
- 8 to Turkey, same s/n.
mixed 5024 to 5047  
77-0357, 77-0358
- 2 to Greece as 00357, 00358.
5049, 5050  
77-1761 / 77-1766
- 6 to Greece.
mixed 5029 to 5048 Total: 0132
29 additional airframes cancelled.


A close up view of the distinctive F-4 intake ramps to help with
air distribution into the engines during various flight operations.
Turkish Air Force Museum, Istanbul, Turkey, 2005.

RF-4E(J)
As RF-4E, version for Japan.
Produced 1974 - 1975

McDonnell St. Louis, Missouri (MC)

(JASDF) 47-6901 / 47-6905 mixed 4551 to 4590  
(JASDF) 57-6906 / 57-6914 mixed 4596 to 4645 Total: 0014

F-4F
As F-4E, version for West Germany.
Sub-assemblies built by MBB and VFW-Fokker.
Produced 1973 - 1976

McDonnell St. Louis, Missouri (MC)

72-1111 / 72-1285 mixed 4330 to 4793

Total: 0175

All delivered as:
(Luftwaffe) 3701 / 3875

F-4H - Not used to avoid confusion with F4H designation.
F-4I
- Not used.

F-4J
As YF-4J, production version for US Navy.
Produced 1966 - 1972

McDonnell St. Louis, Missouri (MC)

BuNo.153071 / 153088 mixed 1488 to 1683  
BuNo.153768 / 153911 mixed 1692 to 2628  
BuNo.154781 / 154788 mixed 2634 to 2670  
BuNo.155504 / 155580 mixed 2672 to 2895  
BuNo.155731 / 155903 mixed 2898 to 3596  
BuNo.157242 / 157309 mixed 3597 to 4034  
BuNo.158346 / 158379 mixed 4039 to 4201 Total: 0522
13 additional airframes cancelled.

F-4K
As F-4J, version for Royal Navy, RR engine
upgrade, many other changes. First two
designated as YF-4K prototypes.
19 diverted to RAF on delivery.
Produced 1966 - 1969

McDonnell St. Louis, Missouri (MC)
All delivered as Phantom FG.Mk. 1 to:

(RN) XT595 / XT598 mixed 1449 to 1669  
(RN) XT857 / XT876 mixed 2097 to 2856  
(RN) XV565 / XV592 mixed 2872 to 3424 Total: 0052
7 additional airframes cancelled.

F-4L - 1963, proposed version with advanced upgrades.

F-4M
As F-4K, version for RAF, minor equipment
changes. First two designated as YF-4M
prototypes.
Produced 1966 - 1969

McDonnell St. Louis, Missouri (MC)
All delivered as Phantom FGR.Mk. 2 to:

(RAF) XT852, XT853 1950, 2020  
(RAF) XT891 / XT914 mixed 2250 to 2771  
(RAF) XV393 / XV442 mixed 2791 to 3226  
(RAF) XV460 / XV501 mixed 3231 to 3507 Total: 0118
46 additional airframes cancelled.

F-4(HL) - 1966, proposed F-4M version for RN with enhanced performance, cancelled.
F-4(FV)S - 1966, proposed swing wing design for F-4J/M production, cancelled.
F-4T - Proposed lightweight, fighter only version, cancelled.

Grand Total: 5068

Foreign built - Japan:
F-4E(J)
As F-4E, version for Japan.
Produced 1972 - 1981

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.,
Nagoya, Japan

(JASDF) 37-8314 / 37-8332
- 37-8324 / 37-8332, prefix to 47.
M11-001 / M11-019  
(JASDF) 47-8333 / 47-8352 M11-020 / M11-039  
(JASDF) 57-8353 / 57-8376 M11-040 / M11-063  
(JASDF) 67-8377 / 67-8391 M11-064 / M11-078  
(JASDF) 77-8392 / 77-8403 M11-079 / M11-090  
(JASDF) 87-8404 / 87-8415 M11-091 / M11-102  
(JASDF) 97-8416 / 97-8427 M11-103 / M11-114  
(JASDF) 07-8428 / 07-8436 M11-115 / M11-123  
(JASDF) 17-8437 / 17-8440 M11-124 / M11-127 Grand Total: 0127

F-4 CONVERSIONS

US Navy / USAF

TF-4A 1+ F-4A, conversions as operational trainers.
DF-4B 1+ F-4B, drone director conversions.
EF-4B 1+ F-4B, conversions for ECM training.
NF-4B 1+ F-4B, permanent conversions for development testing.
QF-4B 45 F-4B, 1972, USN target drone conversions.
EF-4C 36 F-4C, 1969, "Wild Weasel" conversions for ECM duties.
GF-4C 1+ F-4C, ground instructional conversions.
NF-4C 1+ F-4C, permanent conversions for tests.
EF-4D 1+ F-4D, 1976, "Wild Weasel" conversions for ECM duties.
QF-4E / G 368 F-4E / F-4G, 1994-2014, USAF target drone conversions.
YF-4E 1 YRF-4C(62-12200), 1965-1979, prototype for F-4E tests.
1 F-4C(63-7445) / 1 F-4D(65-0713) later converted for YF-4E tests.
TF-4F 12 F-4F, unofficial designation for US based Luftwaffe training.
(NTF-4F) 1 TF-4F, permanent conversion for test duties.
F-4G 12 F-4B, 1963, US Navy avionics upgrades for use in Vietnam.
116 F-4E, 1975-1996, USAF "Wild Weasel" conversions for ECM duties.
Original designation was to be EF-4E.
YF-4J 3 F-4B(151473, 151496, 151497), 1965, prototypes for US Navy,
engine / weapons upgrade, various improvements.
EF-4J 1+ F-4J, conversions for ECM duties.
F-4N 228 F-4B, 1972-1985, life-extension / avionics upgrades for US Navy.
(QF-4N) 78 F-4N, 1983, USN target drone conversions.
F-4S 265 F-4J, 1975-1992, life-extension / avionics upgrades for US Navy.
(QF-4S) 1+ F-4S, 1992-2004, USN target drone conversions, many later
upgraded with new avionics as QF-4S+.
F / RF-4X 1 F-4E, 1974, mock-up reconn. prototype with various upgrades, cancelled
before completion. Conversion by General Dynamics Corp., Missouri.

Foreign Conversions

F-4F ICE 110 F-4F, 1990, "Improved Combat Efficiency" upgrades for West Germany.
F-4E(S) 3 F-4E, 1976, avionics upgrades for Israel.
Conversions by General Dynamics Corp., Missouri.
F-4EJ(Kai) 96 F-4E(J), 1984, avionics / weapons upgrades for Japan.
RF-4EJ(Kai) 14 F-4E(J), reconn. upgrades for Japan. Assigned new JASDF s/n.
C.12 36 F-4C, 1971, designation for Spain.
RC.12 4 RF-4C, 1978, designation for Spain.
F-4J(UK) 15 F-4J, 1984-1991, British avionics upgrades for the RAF.
Assigned RAF s/n: ZE350 / ZE364.

FOREIGN MILITARY SERVICE
 - F-4 Phantom II aircraft in foreign military service with Australia, Egypt,
   West Germany, Greece, Iran, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Spain,
   Turkey and the United Kingdom.
 - Many countries upgrading F-4 fleets for extended-life service.

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