The scientific tourist #121 — Phantom

This week’s image is of an F-4 Phantom II fighter on display at the San Diego Air and Space Museum:


The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II is a tandem two-seat, twin-engined, supersonic jet originally developed as a fleet defense fighter for the U.S. Navy — but the craft proved to be so adaptable that it has been used for a number of other roles for the U.S. Navy, Marines, and Air Force including ground-attack and reconnaissance. In production from 1958 to 1979, 5,195 F-4s were built — giving it a record for longest continuous production of a fighter aircraft (only being beaten some years later by the F-15). While being long-retired from service in the U.S. military (aside from use as unmanned targets), Phantoms still remain in front-line service in seven countries.

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