McDonnell F-4 Phantom II

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McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II
Dave's hangar
Type Military aircraft, Interceptor aircraft, Fighter aircraft, Bomber aircraft
Manufacturer McDonnell, McDonnell Douglas
Author(s) Dave Culp
--aircraft= F-4N
Status Unknown
 Website The website for the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II developments.
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The F-4 Phantom II (McDonnell, then McDonnell Douglas after 1967) is a tandem two-seat, twin-engined, all-weather, long-range supersonic jet interceptor fighter/fighter-bomber originally developed for the U.S. Navy by McDonnell Aircraft.

Before 1962 it used the Navy designation F4H.

Aircraft help

Key Function Notes
l Launch-bar-engage For carrier-based variants only
C Fire catapult For carrier-based variants only
n Toggle tailhook For all variants
f Toggle refueling probe Refueling receptacle door on USAF and related variants.
m Nose wheel steering Hold this key down to get full steering range via rudder
Q Toggle fuel cutoff switch For selected engine(s)
R Toggle reverse thrust To facilitate parking on carrier deck
d Deploy dragchute Maximum speed is 210 knots
j Jettison dragchute
F Toggle wing fold For Navy variants
e Release selected stores
c Toggle canopy Pilot (forward) canopy only


    The model is set to initialize on the ground with engines running, parking brake on, flaps up, canopy closed.

Configuring for takeoff:

    Set flaps to full, release parking brake (runway launch) or engage launch bar (carrier launch).
    Note: for light weight takeoff use flaps half.


    Full throttle. For carrier launch activate catapult.  For runway launch rotate at 150 knots.
    When airborne raise gear and set flaps to half.  At 200 knots set flaps up.


    To save fuel, come out of afterburner at 350 knots.  Climb at 400 knots then 0.9 Mach.


    Idle power, speedbrakes as necessary.

Configuring for landing:

    Gear and flaps down below 250 knots.  Retract speedbrakes.  Hook down for arrested landing.

Final approach:

    AOA on speed (about 140-150 knots).  RPM about 85%. Descent rate about 700 fpm.

Field landing:

    Throttle idle.  Deploy drag chute.  Brakes as required.  Release drag chute when clear of runway.

Deck landing:

    When stopped:  Raise hook, fold wings, open canopy, raise flaps, follow marshaller's signals.
F-4 cockpit instruments and switches

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