In 1982, an AIM-9-armed Phantom FGR.2 returning from a Quick Reaction Alert over Germany accidentally shot down a Royal Air Force Jaguar GR.1.[93]. To support them a fleet of three KC-97Ls was acquired in 1972, equipping Escuadrón 123, being replaced by KC-130Hs (which equipped Escuadrón 301) from January 1976. [90] These aircraft were modified to enable them to carry the SUU-23/A gun pods. ", "Syrian military says it downed Turkish fighter jet. On Jan. 2, 1967, around 30 U.S. Air Force F-4 Phantom fighter jets flying from Ubon in Thailand shot down a full third of North Vietnam’s MiG-21s—for a loss of just one of their own. ", "Phantom with Royal Australian Air Force. This latter was a mixed unit, sent to Preschen airbase and had one staffel of F-4s and one with MiG-29s. Aviation Images ... F-4F Phantom II - Luftwaffe : F-4F ICE - Luftwaffe : F-4G Phantom II Wild Weasel - USAF s/n 69-7272: Saved by Jason. But even if old, these aircraft were desirable to countries like Turkey who already had F-4 fleets. [65], In 1995 the older F-4s were retired and six more RF-4Cs were obtained. McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II McDonnell Douglas F-4F Phantom II Bundeswehr Luftwaffe (German Air Force 1956-now) JaboG 35 37+09 | 35 Jahre JaBoG 35 - Pferdsfeld 1994 | Norm 90 J, Sonderlackierung; JG 71 Richthofen 37+47 | Wittmund 1986 | Norm 81; JG 72 Westfalen 38+73 | Rheine-Hopsten 1987 | Norm 81 The ICE F-4Fs were expected to remain in service until JG 71 transitioned to the Eurofighter Typhoon in 2013. Crews liked the aircraft, and generally rated them better than the Spey-equipped FGR.2s. [47], Fourteen RF-4Es were delivered between November 1974 and June 1975. However, when the SEPECAT Jaguar entered service from 1974 onwards, the Phantom FGR.2s were redeployed in the air defence role, replacing English Electric Lightnings with Nos. These F-15s will be used in a reconnaissance role, allowing the RF-4E and RF-4EJ to be retired; the F-4 having served from the 1970s into the 21st century. The next day, at Bremgarten, the aircraft was accepted by the Inspekteur der Luftwaffe ("Inspector of the Luftwaffe", Gunther Rall.[14]. LUFTWAFFE F4 PHANTOM ARRIVAL - WADDINGTON 2012 (airshowvision) Here is the first airshowvision instalment from the Waddington International Airshow 2012, and features possibly the final visit in England of the McDonnell Douglas F4 Phantom of the German Air Force, before it is replaced by the Eurofighter Typhoon. The contract included industrial offsets for German industry, particularly production work for Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm who manufactured and supplied F-4 components to McDonnell Douglas' Phantom production facility in St. RAL 6003, RAL 7021, FS 34079 and RAL 9005, NORM 90 "I caccia della Mezzaluna." [34], On the second day of the war, the IDF launched attacks with F-4s and A-4 Skyhawks but the enemy air defence and MiGs shot down six Phantoms and 30 A-4s. [83], Buying a more sophisticated supersonic fighter, like the F-15 Eagle or Panavia Tornado, was too expensive and instead, the THK decided to upgrade its Phantom fleet with improvements to avionics and structure, but not to the engines. [70], Many of the Turkish Phantoms are used as ground attack aircraft, a role they performed well due to the systems installed. IAI was ruled out because it was already involved with the Greek's historical adversary, Turkey, upgrading their own Phantoms at this time. Germany upgraded 110 to ICE configuration. Aviation Images > Walkarounds > Airplanes > F-4 Phantom II. At that time there were 122 F-4E and 6 RF-4Es in service with the IDF.[34][37]. Although not deployed in a war role RAF Phantoms were involved in air-defence duties on Quick Reaction Alert. After the conversion it became an operational formation. LetLetLet-Warplanes retains copyright on all text and graphic material on this site, except as otherwise expressed.Read more, Copyright © 2020. This was a unique situation, until the phasing out of the Fulcrums.[17]. [24], One of the first measures taken by the PA was to increase the number of reconnaissance RF-4Es in their fleet, to augment the existing six. The first six aircraft were returned in October 1972, with another five returned in November 1972. [8] While further purchases of F-4s and upgrades were considered, these plans were rejected in favour of additional orders for F-16s. ", "Lockheed Martin to Upgrade Radar for Reconnaissance Version of Japan's F-15.". It is also possible to install Pave Spike targeting pods and rocket pods of all sizes. To make matters worse, the new theocratic government carried out purges of suspected Shah loyalists in the armed forces, especially in the renamed Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF). [12], Phase 1 of ICE commenced in 1989–90 and included upgrades such as the ALR-68 Radar warning receiver, the Honeywell H-423 laser gyro inertial navigation system, the GEC Avionics CPU-143/A digital central air data computer, and the Mil Std 1553R digital data bus. [34] About 220 F-4Es and RF-4Es were delivered to Israel between 1969 and 1976 under U.S. aid programs, and served with the Tsvah Haganah le Israel/Heyl Ha'Avir (Israeli Air Force). However, due to the embargo imposed by France after the Israeli preemptive strike during the 1967 Six-Day War, the U.S. government reconsidered and decided to offer the Israelis the aircraft. In 1973, under the “Peace Rhine” program, the Luftwaffe purchased the F-4F (a lightened and simplified version of the F-4E) which was upgraded in the mid-1980s. So a demand was placed for new camouflage. When the aircraft took over the air-defence duties in the 1970s they carried either AIM-9G Sidewinders or AIM-7 Sparrows, and later they would carry the then new British Aerospace Skyflash missile and the updated AIM-9L Sidewinder. All the remaining Luftwaffe Phantoms were based at Wittmund with Jagdgeschwader 71 (fighter wing 71) in Northern Germany and WTD61 at Manching. First units to disband were the RAF Wildenrath-based 19 and 92 Squadrons, which were the last air defence units to serve in RAF Germany, followed by 56 Squadron in May 1992. Divenuto nel corso della sua lunga vita operativa una delle icone della superiorità aerea americana durante la Guerra del Vietnam e nel periodo della Guerra fredda, è ancora in servizio presso alcune forze aeree. This was intended to provide for two squadrons each of 12 aircraft to be operated from Eagle and Ark Royal, both of which were to be heavily modified. After these attacks against strategic targets, the F-4s struck tactical battlefield targets, destroying many Iraqi armored vehicles. Israeli Phantoms scored 11 air victories during this period although several were lost, mainly to SAMs,[34] but above all they inflicted heavy damage on Egyptian land forces during the War of Attrition. It’s interesting that with the new camouflage was also changed size of national insignia. A total of 12 F-4Fs were initially modified for dual controls and were later de-modified. In 1980–83, the F-4F fleet was fitted with air-refueling probes, utilizing USAF tankers to make longer flights to Canada and Spain. Fleet Air Arm Phantoms were fitted with a double-telescoping front landing gear strut that could extend 40 in (102 cm), the increased angle of attack being necessary for catapult launches from the smaller British carriers. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. [45], The planned program to replace the original J79 engines with the Pratt & Whitney PW1120 was cancelled, but the fleet was updated to Kurnass 2000 standards. Kennedy. Several more F-4s were delivered in the following years, with the last batch delivered in 1987–88. The aircraft is reported to have been conducting a reconnaissance flight off the Syrian coast. Although some of the design changes were unique to the British aircraft – folding radar radome, Spey engine, nose-wheel extension and strengthened arrester hook – the other structural changes and improvements were used in the design of the F-4J. Visualizza altre idee su aereo, aerei militari, aviazione. [15], After the reduction of conventional forces in Europe, the Luftwaffe began phasing out the RF-4Es in 1993–94. Over the next decade, the Luftwaffe received large amounts of new equipment, including in 1968 the first C-160 Transall transport planes, in 1974 the F-4 Phantom II fighter-bombers, in 1978 the first Alpha Jet Version A light attack jets and in 1979 the first of 212 Panavia Tornado fighters. Take a shot! The Iranian forces surprised him and fought back effectively. [5] The main modification was the replacement of the General Electric J79 by the British-made Rolls-Royce Spey powerplant. That was an interesting read on Wyve... Hello Barry, what an amazing find!! Through the Mutual Defense Aid Program (MDAP), Spain acquired 36 ex-USAF F-4Cs for the Ejército del Aire (Spanish Air Force). While Ark Royal was undergoing conversion, the FG.1 underwent successful deck trials aboard Eagle. The Greek F-4s were upgraded to a similar standard as the Luftwaffe F-4F ICE, including APG-65 radar, a GEC-Marconi HUD and GPS/INS. At that time, it was hoped that the AIM-120 could be received by 2005 and then there were only funds for 96 missiles with an option for 288 more. The existing fleet underwent a standardization program which among other changes included replacing the APQ-99 terrain-following radar by a Texas Instruments AN/APQ-172 radar, laser-ring gyro inertial navigation system and an Israeli Aircraft Industries in-flight refueling probe, while the original USAF-style refuelling receptacle was retained. The United States confirmed the attack several days later, but Iran did not confirm or deny Iranian airstrikes had taken place; both denied they coordinated any sort of air attack against IS forces in Iraq. Another reason was that Iranian air bases had been built for USAF deployment in case of war with the Soviet Union. It was fitted the smaller and more lightweight AN/APG-66J pulse Doppler radar and a heads-up display resulting in a lookdown/shootdown capability. [19] JG 73 retired its last F-4F in 2002 and replaced it with Eurofighters in 2003, while the last F-4F left JG-74 in March 2008. This also simplified the training of RAF crews as slats were not fitted to other RAF Phantoms. [63][84], Additionally, they had AGM-142 Popeye/Have Nap integration, Litening-II targeting pods, and the capability to launch AGM-65D/G Maverick, AGM-88 HARM, GBU-8 HOBOS, GBU-10/12 Paveway II LGBs, general purpose and cluster bombs for air-to-ground missions, while retaining the capability to launch AIM-7 Sparrow and AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles. Recensioni in-box. The 338th "Ares" Squadron had an air-to-surface role. Controlla anche che il prodotto corrisponda effettivamente! [64], These improvements allowed the Spanish RF-4C fleet to serve into the 21st century, finally being retired in 2002.[66][67][68]. This involved endless alarms to intercept "Bear" and other Soviet aircraft approaching British airspace, the North Sea and over Germany. The model requested was designated the F-4K by McDonnell Douglas and received the British service designation Phantom FG.1. Camouflage colors used on German Phantoms are based on their RAL standard and they are: NORM 81, The Greek Air Force (Polemiki Aeroporia, PA) was interested in buying 32 aircraft in 1992 but the differences were too great between the FGR.2 and the F-4Es they operated.[94]. At least one F-4E flew in combat still bearing a U.S. tail code, while others stayed painted in USAF camouflage patterns. (in Italian), McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II in Australian service, 348th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron "Eyes", 338th Fighter-Bomber Squadron "Aris/Mars", McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II in UK service, Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment, "Index of Phantom Variants and Operators. As a reward for their help another 40 former US Air Force Phantoms were delivered to 112 and 172 Filo, beginning on 25 March 1991. [citation needed], With this last batch of F-4s and plans to acquire F-16 Fighting Falcons, the THK was quickly being modernized. [9][10] As of 2018 the two squadrons of F-4s are retired and are in storage/reserve. This meant that the bases were very large, well-dispersed and stocked with ample spare parts. [41], Israeli Phantoms have suffered at least 55 combat losses but accounted for 116.5 claimed air victories. Iraq failed to destroy the Iranian air force bases for several reasons, among them that Iraqi aircraft lacked the range to reach them. Although they were officially designated as the Phantom F.3, this was rarely used, instead being generally referred to as the F-4J(UK). [citation needed], Due to battlefield and accidental losses and the lack of spare parts, by the mid-1980s there were just 20–30 Iranian Phantoms still flying. The Iraqi invasion was stopped within several weeks. These were delivered between April 1972 and October 1973, when the Yom Kippur War broke out. 82 Wing's aircrew were to be converted to the F-111). The first example, serial number 3701, first flew on 18 March 1973. In 1975, Germany also received 10 F-4Es for training in the U.S. L'elevata flessibilità del progetto ha permesso l'evoluzione del Phantom fino ad includere versio… While the KC-97s were fitted with a flying boom refuelling system, the Hercules that replaced them were fitted with the probe and drogue system and so could not refuel the F-4s. At the time of delivery these F-4Cs were already obsolete, but they replaced even older aircraft, F-104Gs and F-86Fs. Learn how your comment data is processed. On 11 November 1969 an F-4E first shot down a MiG-21. In the strike role the FGR.2s could carry the SNEB rocket pod, 1,000 lb (454 kg) bomb, the BL755 Cluster Bomb Unit, and U.S.-supplied B28, B43, B57 or B61 nuclear weapons. F-4 Phantom II non-U.S. operators are the non-U.S. nations with air forces that operate or used to operate the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II. [28], The Nirouye Havai Shahanshahiye Iran (Imperial Iranian Air Force) enjoyed more attention from Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi than any other military branch. In conjunction with this, many anniversary schemes were used on Phantoms. 30 F-4Es were equipped with the AGM-142 "Popeye" stand-off air-to-surface missile; a modern Israeli weapon also purchased by the USAF,[55] Royal Australian Air Force and the Turkish Air Force. Weapons used on the F-4F included the Mk 82 retarded bomb, BL755 cluster bomb unit and AIM-9 Sidewinders. This upgrade included installation of a wide-angle Kaiser HUD, a digital mission computer and some structural improvements. The two RAF squadrons converted to the Tornado F.3 in 1989 when the FG.1s were withdrawn from service. The Phantom II entered service with the U.S. military in 1960 and served until 1996. The Australian aircrews praised the choice and the F-4Es were so well received that their popularity threatened the F-111C order at one point. The German Air Force (Luftwaffe) initially ordered the reconnaissance RF-4E in 1969, receiving a total of 88 aircraft from January 1971. 26-apr-2020 - Esplora la bacheca "F4 Phantom II" di Robby_e, seguita da 103 persone su Pinterest. Deliveries were completed in May 1972 and the previously employed RF-104Gs were modified to serve in strike or fighter units.[13]. AG 51 received Panavia Tornados as a replacement, while AG 52 was disbanded.[12]. Another deserting F-4 was less lucky, being intercepted and shot down by Saudi F-15 Eagles on 5 June 1984. The camera performed well but mounting it in an external pod caused too much drag, so it was installed in the nose of three normal F-4Es instead. The lack of AMRAAMs was a serious handicap and the MiG 29s were retained for longer than had been planned. German F-4Fs flew 279,000 hours from entering service on 31 August 1973 until retirement. Photo report featuring the Phantoms in the early years of West Germany's Air Force service when the replaced the Starfighters. Since the development of the F-111 was plagued with many setbacks, it was expected that the order for the RAAF would not be ready before 1974, leaving the Australian air force short of a suitable aircraft. [21], At the end of the 1960s, the Hellenic Air Force (PA - Polemikí Aeroporía) embarked upon a modernization program by ordering 40 Dassault Mirage F.1s and a total of 56 F-4Es along with six RF-4Es. Feb 24, 2018 - Photo report featuring the F-4 Phantoms in the early years of West Germany's Air Force service when the F-4F replaced the F-104G Starfighters. 74 Squadron RAF (Tiger Squadron), based at RAF Wattisham in the air-defence role. In beyond-visual-range scenarios, it therefore had to rely on target-identification by AWACS aircraft with which it had to communicate in a conventional voice-based manner. It was equipped with air combat maneuvering leading edge slats and had a higher thrust to weight ratio, approaching 1:1 when fuel was low. Nota: Prezzi e disponibilità sono solo indicazioni. They were able to do this in 1993 when the Luftwaffe phased out their RF-4Es, and 29 ex-Luftwaffe aircraft were added to the 348th Mira. ", "Japan narrows next-generation fighter requirement choice. The man saw a jet coming at him at high speed and low altitude and opened fire, Makdissi said. The 337th "Ghost" Squadron was equipped in 1978, giving up their Northrop F-5As. The remaining F-4F wings were disbanded without replacement during the 1990s and early 2000s. Apart from natural deficiencies of the air frame design itself, the greatest drawbacks of the F-4F ICE were the lack of an IFF and MIDS capability. This boosted their capabilities in the anti-shipping role; filling in for the indigenous Mitsubishi F-1s which were too few in number and lacked range, and the P-3Cs which were too slow, even if well-armed with Harpoon missiles. Aeromaster 48-574 for the Brit F-4 Phantom II. Units equipped with F-4F included Jagdgeschwader 71 "Richthofen", Wittmund, commencing in May 1974, and Jagdgeschwader 74 "Mölders", Neuburg an der Donau, September 1975. Some of the maneuvers were quite effective, but the SA-6 threat was only reduced on 9 October 1973 when A-4s surprised many SA-6 batteries without their missiles ready to fire and destroyed them. [73] The Turkish release suggested that the Turkish government did not immediately view the Syrian action as provocative, and it acknowledged that Syrian assets were assisting efforts to find the aircraft and crew. These encounters gave the EAF a measure of the type's effectiveness, especially as a bomber. Before that, this wing was only a training unit equipped with the last Turkish F-100s. After the Camp David Accords, and the Egypt–Israel Peace Treaty signed on 26 March 1979, Egypt ended its military dependence on the Soviet Union. In a fierce aerial battle on 30 July 1970, four Phantoms baited the Egyptian MiGs which this time were Soviet-manned. The bombing system was the anglicized version of the Lear/Siegler AN/ABJ-7. These were similar to the RF-4C, but, as for the F-4EJs, Japanese-built radar warning receivers and other equipment were substituted to replace equipment which was not released for export to Japan. Mitsubishi built all the EJs over the next nine years and the production ended with 127th F-4EJ, on 20 May 1981. To address the problem, SA-3s were shipped to Egypt, along with up to 5,000 Soviet advisers. The last of these was the 5,068th F-4 built in St. Louis. [34], Israeli F-4Es scored 116.5 aerial victories against Arab aircraft, including two Su-7s shot down on 9 September 1972 and a Libyan Boeing 727 in January 1973. Ordered in July 1964,[85] this was the first time the U.S. permitted export of the Phantom, with the first F-4K flying on 27 June 1966. [86] After that, the remaining FG.1s were transferred to the RAF to form 111 Squadron, a second air-defence squadron. 19. Like the Phantom FG.1 it was equipped with Spey engines and was externally identical, although it did not have the extendable nose-wheel. Among the systems installed were TACER (electronic reconnaissance pod with datalink), TAC (pod with KS-135A and KS-95B cameras), D-500UR IR detection system, and the LOROP pod (with a KS-146B camera). To correct the situation, Egypt considered selling some of the F-4s to Turkey and buying extra General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcons. 19, 23, 29, 56 and 92 Squadrons.[92]. [27], Approximately 225 F-4Ds, F-4Es and RF-4Es were delivered to Iran, mostly during the 1960s and 70s. The downing occurred at a time of heightened tensions between the two countries due to Turkish support for Syrian rebels opposed to the Bashar al-Assad regime in Damascus. The aircraft entered service from 1969 onwards with Nos. Before these aircraft arrived the THK had operated fighters such as the F-104 Starfighter, F-100 Super Sabre, F-84 Thunderflash and the F-86 Sabre, plus the economical F-5 Freedom Fighter. On 22 June 1970, the contract was signed, and the first of 24 new F-4Es arrived the following September. F-4s struck back the following day in Operation Kaman 99 and destroyed many strategic Iraqi targets with bombs and missiles. Visita eBay per trovare una vasta selezione di decals f-4 phantom. Scopri le migliori offerte, subito a casa, in tutta sicurezza. This was equivalent to the Japanese F-4EJ KAI or German F-4 ICE, but the costs were too high for South Korea. [86] These engines (RB 168-25R Spey Mk 202/203s) were more powerful than the J79s (20,515 lbf/91.25 kN afterburning thrust) and had a lower fuel consumption (Specific fuel consumption was around 0.7 lb/hp.h). Hussein had equipped his air force with new aircraft, such as the MiG-23 and believed that Iran was in a weakened and vulnerable state following the revolution and subsequent purges. Let Let Let – Warplanes. In April 1994 the F-4 strength was reduced to three squadrons: 8 (Misawa), 301 (Nyutabaru) and 306 (Naha, Okinawa). [57], Overall, South Korea was one of the main customers of the F-4, with 216 delivered, including 60 "D" models, 55 "E" models and 18 RF-4Cs in service in 2000.[56][58]. The F-4E was known as Kurnass (Heavy Hammer) in Israeli service while the RF-4E was called Orev (Raven). Required fields are marked *. Seoul ordered 18 ex-USAF F-4Ds, which were quickly delivered under the Peace Spectator program. 892 NAS commissioned with the Phantom in 1969, and embarked in Ark Royal for the first time in 1970, making the Fleet Air Arm the only naval air arm outside the United States to operate the Phantom from the deck of an aircraft carrier. This engine was already used in the RAAF's Mirage IIIOs, but the French turbojet was inferior to the General Electric J79, and the RAAF chose instead to order the F-111C Aardvark which had a greater range.[4]. Take a shot! Some FGR.2s were equipped with dual controls, and others could carry a reconnaissance pod that was equipped with a Texas Instruments RS-700 infrared linescan unit, high-definition sideways-looking radar and five optical cameras. [34], Peace Echo IV brought another 52 F-4s to the IDF, 24 of which were ex-USAF. The RF-4Cs were given the Spanish designation CR.12.[63]. The "ICE" (Improved Combat Efficiency) program commenced in 1983 to upgrade the F-4F's air-to-air capabilities. Under the Peace Trout program, one RF-4E upgrade had an ELINT system installed in the nose, based on the APR-39 of the F-4G. [26], In 1993 the PA called for a major electronic upgrade for the F-4 fleet, involving the replacement of the APQ-120 with a new AMRAAM-capable system.

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