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- Type: SPH
- Class: ship
- Part Count: 73
- Mods: 8
Summary: Large twin-engine all-weather and long-range Mach 2.2 jet interceptor and fighter-bomber developed by the US, which entered service in 1960. Used extensively during the Vietnam War, with a major role continuing into the 1990s. Widely exported.
McDonnell Douglas F-4 The Phantom II was developed during the late 1950s, initially for the US Navy. It could achieve Mach 2.2, and carry more than 8,400kg of weapons on nine external hardpoints, including air-to-air missiles, air-to-ground missiles, and bombs. However, the F4 was, uniquely, originally designed without gun or cannon - a flaw which came back to bite USAF and USN during the Vietnam War, where, contrary to the expectations of the designers, supersonic pursuits often rapidly devolved into subsonic dogfights where guns were sorely missed. The hasty addition of a wing-pod-mounted cannon proved ineffective due to aiming and calibration difficulties, so later versions had internal cannons retrofitted. The F4 faced off against MiG-17 and MiG-21 in Vietnam, but the missiles initially fitted were fairly ineffective against these agile fighters. During the war, the ground-attack role of the F4 became increasingly emphasised, while air-superiority work increasingly shifted to other more agile planes. Nevertheless, in 1972 a Phantom flying over Thud Ridge in Vietnam was responsible for the only ever recorded supersonic gun kill - the shooting down of a MiG-19 using canon, while travelling at Mach 1.2.
The Phantom’s final roles with the US were in the Gulf War, participating in Operation Desert Storm mainly as a reconnaissance aircraft, and subsequently as target drones into the 2010s.
The F4 Phantom II set many records for speed and altitude during the early 1960s, and was a popular export, ultimately being adopted by the air-forces of many countries including Australia, Egypt, Germany, the United Kingdom, Greece, Iran, Israel, Spain, South Korea and Turkey.
Iranian Phantoms saw heavy action in the Iran-Iraq War during the early 1980s, seeing combat against Saudi Arabian F-15s in 1984, and some appear to still be in use. Israel - the largest foreign operator of the Phantom, used these planes extensively during Arab-Israeli conflicts throughout the 1960s-80s, with the last examples being retired in 1994.
Turkey received its first Phantoms in 1974 and has continued to use them into the 2010s, notably having seen action during the Syrian Civil War.
The United Kingdom’s F4 Phantoms had Birtish-made engines and avionics added, and were given the designation FG1 and FGR2, with the former intended to be used from the aircraft carrier HMS Eagle. The British Phantoms saw action during the 1982 Falklands War, protecting Ascension Island. Following the conflict 15 upgraded ex-USN F-4Js entered RAF service to compensate for the redeployment of interceptors to guard the Falklands. Interceptor Phantoms were gradually replaced by the Panavia Tornado F3 from the late 1980s onwards, and the last British Phantoms being retired in 1992.
A mod aircraft called McDonnell Douglas F4 Phantom II. Built with 73 parts, closely to scale, and using appropriate weapons, systems and colour scheme wherever possible.
Built in the SPH in KSP version 1.1.3.
- B9 Aerospace Parts Pack
- B9 Procedural Wings Modified
- Procedural Parts
- Squad (stock)
- TweakScale - Rescale Everything!
- ZZZ Flags
AedsPlanes are replicas of historic aircraft built as accurately as possible, and usually to 1:1 scale. Enjoy the experience of being a real Kerbal Airforce pilot!
(For added immersion, install flag mod World Aircraft Insignia by ChaseAEd and add real airforce roundels to your planes).
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