Our QF-4 Phantom Scrapbook

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The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II is a well known fighter-bomber-photorecon-Wild Weasel twin-jet of the 1960s through the turn of this century. The type was used extensively throughout the so-called “Free World” and was an important weapons system for NATO, PACAF, the IDF and other users. The U.S. Navy, Marines and the Royal Navy used versions aboard aircraft carriers, although most Phantoms were land-based.

After their usefulness was diminished by newer designs and airframe fatigue, the rather elderly design led to many being either scrapped or used as Full Scale Aerial Targets (drones).

Here is an assortment of models used as Full Scale Aerial Target versions, in the colors of the  USAF and Navy. Last weekend we ran a scrapbook of non-drone F-4 Phantom IIs here in ClassicWarbirds.net. Our photographic team has culled many negatives and SD cards for you!

Photos by: Shawn Byers, Scott Zeno, Scott Jankowski and Ken Kula.

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