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Old 06-12-2015, 09:33 PM
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F-4 Phantom II


Role Interceptor fighter, fighter-bomber
National origin United States
Manufacturer McDonnell Aircraft /
McDonnell Douglas
First flight 27 May 1958
Introduction 30 December 1960
Retired 1996 (US combat use)
2004 (Israel Air Force)
June 2013 (German Air Force)
(Use continues as QF-4 unmanned drone aircraft)
Status In service
Primary users United States Air Force (target drone use)
United States Navy (former)
United States Marine Corps (former)
Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force
Produced 1958–1981
Number built 5,195
Unit cost
New build F-4E in FY1965: US$2.4 million
The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II[N 1] is a tandem two-seat, twin-engine, all-weather, long-range supersonic jet interceptor aircraft/fighter-bomber originally developed for the United States Navy by McDonnell Aircraft.[1] 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 become a major part of their respective air wings.[2]

The Phantom is a large fighter with a top speed of over Mach 2.2. It can carry more than 18,000 pounds (8,400 kg) of weapons on nine external hardpoints, including air-to-air missiles, air-to-ground missiles, and various bombs. The F-4, like other interceptors of its time, was designed without an internal cannon. Later models incorporated a M61 Vulcan rotary cannon. Beginning in 1959, it set 15 world records for in-flight performance,[3] including an absolute speed record, and an absolute altitude record.[4]

During the Vietnam War, the F-4 was used extensively; it served as the principal air superiority fighter for both the Navy and Air Force, and became important in the ground-attack and aerial reconnaissance roles late 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 weapon systems officers (WSOs),[5] and the US Navy one pilot and one radar intercept officer (RIO), achieve five aerial kills against other enemy fighter aircraft and become aces in air-to-air combat.[6] The F-4 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 in the U.S. Navy, and the F/A-18 Hornet in the U.S. Navy and 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.[7][8] 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 (F-4J).[2][9][10] 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 Target drone in the U.S. Air Force.[11] Phantom production ran from 1958 to 1981, with a total of 5,195 built, making it the most numerous American supersonic military aircraft.[2][12]

The rending of foam begins.
These are the first pieces dry fitted with a few strips of tape. The whir=te disk is my prop clearance gauge.

The "5EZP" Phantom is 46" long with a 30" KFm4 wing-span. It will be powered by a Super-Mega-Jet motor spinning a 7x5 prop. The tail construction design is based on my Frogfoot and Intruder design solutions.
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Old 06-16-2015, 05:48 AM
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This evening's progress.
Note the dorsal air intakes.
The elevators are just taped on and not in their final configuration.
Not entirely happy with the nacelles yet.
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Old 06-17-2015, 01:15 AM
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The F-4 PHANTOM GLIDES
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDNGaDgQZWI
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The final assembly of the PHANTOM begins…or not.
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The final assembly of the PHANTOM begins.
So far she weighs 10oz.
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Old 06-20-2015, 10:39 PM
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The WATTS IN THE SKY event was not well attended today. The overcast was very thick and conditions at the airport were temp 74F, winds NNE @ 8 with gusts at 15 skies overcast. The skies were so dark (how dark were they?) so dark my GOPRO camera was unable to distinguish the planes from the clouds.
I maidened my "5EZP" F-4 Phantom anyway. No video though due to the poor lighting conditions. The Phantom flew great. The SMJv2 with the 7x5 prop really hauled it. I flew most of the time at half throttle. I set the elevator expo @ 20% but after I flew the PHANTOM five times I think I will need to back some off the expo. She rolled great and with the big prop would climb outta sight. I think I will try the 6x5.5 prop too. Next time I'll fly on a sunny day and video the flight.
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Finally got the parts cut-out and glued together. I fixed the ventral pan design which holds the ESC. I also added two long triangular pieces made from the dorsal fuse pattern piece to each side of the vertical stabilizer that run from the elevator pivot forward to the prop-slot and when glued in place significantly limits the tail twisting.
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Not the maiden flight but the sixth and first recorded flight.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzZk-7yAqcg
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Looks great Bob,

My first dollar tree foam plane was the F4J ( Navy, of course). Built the 'nac' ' prop in the slot' version from 6mmflyrc: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1006628

I like yours for it's simplicity. Nice job !

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Originally Posted by dahawk View Post
Looks great Bob,

My first dollar tree foam plane was the F4J ( Navy, of course). Built the 'nac' ' prop in the slot' version from 6mmflyrc: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1006628

I like yours for it's simplicity. Nice job !

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Thanks dahawk.
I studied that plan before I built mine.
I am extending the wings to arrest it's tendency to over torque roll. If that works I will publish the plans.

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Phantom left wing-tip comes loose inflight.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIgGq19e8hQ

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If I can get them scanned in the morning they will be posted by noon Friday.
The seven "5EZP" 2015 Summer aircraft series PDF plans to be posted Friday are for the following:

EURO Typhoon
SAAB JAS 39 Gripen
Grumman A-6 Intruder
Dassault Mirage
Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker F
Sukhoi Su-34 Fullback
McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom
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Link to the PDF plan of my "5EZP" McDonnell Douglas F-4 PHANTOM

http://www.mediafire.com/view/q3q3st...M_07.04.15.pdf
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Nice work on these planes. Thanks for rendering and sharing your plans!
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Build the "5EZP" F-4 PHANTOM Part One of Three
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5l1txASY2k

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Part three of three

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Part two of three
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