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F-4 Phantom In here you can see the model F4C Phantom flying in an aerial show for restaurated aircraft.
F-4 Phantom Amazing photograph of a Navy F-4 Phantom in formation with a Soviet Tu-95 Bear
two enemies flying together, 1950s/1960s
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In the picture above you can observe an F4 Phantom capturing and escorting an soviet Tupolev Tu95 Bear.
Well, anyway, besides that the picture is b&w, you can also notice the counterrotating propellers of the Tu95 Bear and the inscription on the F4, which sais that the aircraft is a property of the USS Coral Sea aircraft carrier. Also observe that this is an later F4 model, maybe C or D, because the earlier version didn't had a cannon.

The F4 Phantom is the most powerful example of an fighter that resisted for many years in action, and that was an main fighter.
Other examples of main fighters are the F14 Tomcat, F15 Eagle, A4 Skyhawk, etc.
Many versions of the F4 were made, and the F4 flought since the early 1950s in South Korea against russian MIG15s until in the early 1990s in Iraq, protecting the A10 Warthogs.

F4 Phantoms fitted with digital fly-by-wire systems, and many other modern advanced electronics, navigation and attack systems, advanced weapons and advanced countermeasures are still flying in the german Luftwaffe.
The F4 Phantom can carry an extra 600g fuel tank, and its General Electric J-79 twin-engines develop more than 2x18 000 pounds of thrust, developing more than 100 000 HP each.
The engines give to the fighter a maximum speed of Mach 2, 2250 km/h, to be more precise.
Those engines were used by the Thrust DMC project in 1997, and by the Thurst 2 project in 1998, for the fastest car on Earth, which reached speeds of 771 mph (Mach 1.020 - Thrust DMC, 1997) and 800 mph (Thrust 2, 1998).

Versions like F4A Phantom, F4B Phantom, F4C Phantom, F4D Skyray, F4G Wild Weasel, F4U Corsair, F4U Cruisader are just a few examples of the many versions of this aircraft along the years. F4A Phantoms flought in the Korean war, but they didn't had any cannon, so the MiG15s hunt them 1:1, until the F86 Sabre arrived. But in the 1960s, Top Gun, Red Blur, Pensacola and other bases for dogfighting training were build, so modified versions which had a 20mm cannon, like the F4C and the F4D arrived in the Vietnam war and modified the killing report to 13:1 for the americans against russian MiG17s and MiG19s. In 1991, in Iraq, F4G Wild Weasels escorted A10 Warthogs in their close-air support missions.

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Just as a fact, today, the killing rate for the american pilots in air-air combat, no matter the enemy, is 50:0.
All the F4 Phantom versions look exactly the same from the outside, but their insides have changed 100%.
This is an classical example of perfect technology, that resisted in the air for almost 50 years, while modern fighters like the F15 Eagle only resisted in the air for 6 years.

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Now this is what I understand from the words : american technology, reliability, modern technology and genius work !

The F4 Phantom was, and still is, largeley used by both the Navy and Air Force, and is the only jet fighter that those two completely agree. Also, the US Marine Corps are using the F-4 Phantom, as well as the Luftwaffe and many other countries in the world, including Iran, Irsael, Greece, Turkey, etc.

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