Aircraft Data Sheet
for F4-S Bu. No. 153880
The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II was destined to become one of the finest weapons the Navy had ever used. It was first conceived as an attack aircraft, but was redesigned to fill the role of a long range high altitude interceptor using air-to-air missiles. Deliveries to operational units began in 1960, and by 1966 twenty nine Navy and Marine squadrons were flying the Phantom. The primary role for the early Phantoms had been interception and air superiority, but deployment of the type to Vietnam put emphasis on the secondary strike role, carrying a wide range of external stores. The F-4S variant was an F-4J model upgraded with structural strengthening, plus the provision for the later installation of leading-edge maneuver slats as used on the USAF F-4E. (source: United States Navy Aircraft since 1911 by Gordon Swanborough and Peter Bowers)
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Remarks: This is the first of two F-4 Phantom IIs completed by the restoration team. This aircraft is sponsored.
EXHIBITED WEAPONS LOAD
2 – BRU-41 Multiple Ejector Racks.
12 – Mk 82 500 lb bombs with Mk 15 Snakeye fins port side, conical fins starboard side and M904 fuzes.
Photos Frank Warren.
Nickname: Old Smokey, Big Ugly Fighter
Read a tribute to the F-4J Phantom II.
Bu No 153880 Assignment Record
Date of manufacture: Unknown
Manufacturer: McDonnell Douglas Aircraft Company, St. Louis, MO
|13 FEB 1969||VMFA-333 Beaufort|
|20 MAR 1970||VMFA-333 USS America (as F-4J)|
|24 JUL 1970||VMFA-451 Roosevelt Roads|
|07 APR 1971||VMFAT-201 Cherry Point|
|21 DEC 1972||VMFAT-201 Yuma|
|0l JUL 1974||VMFAT-101 Yuma|
|22 SEP 1975||VMFAT-101 NAS North Island|
|25 FEB 1976||VMFAT-101 Yuma|
|20 AUG 1976||VMFAT-101 NASM|
|31 AUG 1976||VF-194 Miramar|
|30 NOV 1976||VF-194 USS Coral Sea (as F-4J)|
|20 JAN 1977||VF-194 Miramar|
|19 SEP 1977-19 APR 1978||USS Midway (as F-4J)|
|21 MAY 1978||VF-161 Atsugi|
|21 SEP 1978-24 FEB 1979||USS Constellation (as F-4J)|
|27 MAR 1979||VF-161 Atsugi|
|30 MAR 1979||VF-21 USS Ranger (as F-4J)|
|09 MAY 1979 ||VF-21 Miramar|
|07 DEC 1979||NARF NAS North Island|
|15 JAN 1980||(upgraded to F-4S)|
|19 SEP 1980||VF-121 Miramar|
|08 DEC 1980-02 SEP 1981||VF-151 USS Midway|
|29 OCT 1981||VF-151 Atsugi|
|12 APR 1986||NASCFS NAS North Island|
Photos of this aircraft in a previous paint schemes and assignments.
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This aircraft is on loan from the National Museum of Naval Aviation.
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Page updated on 30 November 2007