Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
McDonnell Douglas F-4D “Phantom II”
First flown in May 1958, the Phantom II originally was developed for U.S. Navy fleet defense and entered service in 1961. The USAF evaluated it for close air support, interdiction, and counter-air operations and, in 1962, approved a USAF version. The USAF's Phantom II, designated F-4C, made its first flight in November 1963. The F-4D was an improved F-4C and made its first flight on December 9, 1965. The F-4D offered an improved bombing and air-to-air capability. The USAF credited F-4D crews with 44 MiG kills over Southeast Asia, more than any other type of aircraft. USAF F-4s also flew reconnaissance and "Wild Weasel" anti-aircraft missile suppression missions. Phantom II production ended in 1979 after over 5,000 had been built -- more than 2,600 for the USAF, about 1,200 for the Navy and Marine Corps, and the rest for friendly foreign nations.
The F-4D Phantom II (S/N 65-0660) on display was delivered in July of 1966 to the 452nd Fighter Weapons Wing. It later served with the 57th Fighter Weapons Wing, the 35th Tactical Fighter Wing, the 388th Tactical Fighter Wing, and the 56th Tactical Fighter Wing.
Span: 38 ft. 5 in.
Length: 58 ft. 2 in.
Height: 16 ft. 6 in.
Weight: 58,000 lbs., loaded
Armament: Up to 16,000 lbs. of externally carried bombs, rockets, missiles,
Engines: Two General Electric J-79-GE-15s of 17,000 lbs. thrust with afterburner
Maximum speed: 1,400 mph
Cruise speed: 590 mph
Range: 1,750 miles without aerial refueling
Service ceiling: 59,600 ft.
This aircraft is on loan from the National Museum of the United States Air Force
Erected by United States Air Force.
Location. 32° 22.991′ N, 86° 20.727′ W. Marker is in Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Chennault Circle east of Twining Street, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in the Maxwell Air Force. Marker is in this post office area: Montgomery AL 36112, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. McDonnell RF-101C "Voodoo" (a few steps from this marker); 1Lt Karl W. Richter (a few steps from this marker); Republic F-105D "Thunderchief" (a few steps from this marker); North American F-100D "Super Sabre" (a few steps from this marker); Monument to Powered Flight (within shouting distance of this marker); North American F-86A "Sabre" British and Commonwealth Pilots Trained in the U.S.A. (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Boeing B-52D "Stratofortress" (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Maxwell Air Force Base.
Also see . . .
1. F-4 Phantom II Fighter. (Submitted on April 17, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. F-4 Phantom Operations in Vietnam (Youtube). (Submitted on April 17, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 460 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.