Leading Jet Fighter of the Modern Age
Quite probably the greatest fighter of the post war era, and one of the most numerous with 5,195 built in seven major versions, the F-4 Phantom represents the peak in multi role efficiency for its time.
The Phantom was the first Naval fighter purchased by the United States Air Force. Indeed, the USAF purchased two-thirds of all the Phantoms produced in the United States.
The two-place, twin engine supersonic F-4 Phantom II flew at Mach 2 (twice the speed of sound), and could carry a payload of up to 16,000 pounds of bombs, rockets, missiles and guns. Built from 1958 to 1979, the United States retired these magnificent aircraft from front line service in 1996.
The Museum gratefully acknowledges the assistance of the United States Navy and the United States Marie Corps and the Cherry Point NADEP in enabling us to display this great aircraft.
On Loan from the National Museum of Naval Aviation
(Top Photo: Museum's F-4 Cockpit at the 2005 Monroe Airport Fly-In - Move mouse over photo to see second image)).
History and Background of the the Museum's Aircraft
The Museum acquired this aircraft in 2004 from Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station in North Carolina. This airframe had been in storage for a number of years at Cherry Point awaiting it turn to be used as part of the United States Navy's aerial drone program.
With the termination of this drone program, a limited number of the airframes were made available to qualified museums, and the rest (about 40+ airframes) were scraped or taken to the Dare County bombing range for use as gunnery targets.
Prior to its arrival at Cherry Point, this aircraft was part of the final United States Marie Corps active-duty F-4 squadron which was based at Barbers Point in Hawaii. In 1990 these aircraft were retired from active service and made their "final flights" to Cherry Point for storage.
Photo: Front Cockpit of Museum's F-4S Phantom II
|Wingspan||38 Feet, 1 Inch|
|Length||62 Feet, 11 Inches|
|Height||16 Feet, 5 Inches|
|Empty Weight||30,328 Pounds|
|Max Weight||62,000 Pounds (Take Off)|
|Power Plant||2 Smokeless J-79-GE-10B, 17,900 Pounds of Thrust|
Four AM-7 Sparrow Missiles & Four AM-9M Sidewinder Missiles AGM-65 Maverick Missiles
|Max Speed||1,498 MPH at 40,000 Feet|
By choosing to mount the Museum's F-4S Phantom II cockpit on a trailer, it is easy for us to transport the cockpit to air shows and community event. The cockpit makes an excellent static display.
Preserved in mint condition, the cockpit enables visitors to get a hands on feel for what it is like to sit in and operate a modern jet fighter.
Please read our air show section to learn about our air shows and ability to bring this to an event in your community.
The Museum has produced a special t-shirt to commemorate the recovery and preservation of this historic aircraft. These t-shirts can be purchased from our Museum gift shop either in-person on on-line. (Click on image to see a larger version).