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USAF McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II

USAF McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II by Peter Davies
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In many respects the most successful, versatile and widely used combat aircraft of the post-war era, the F-4 Phantom II was quickly adopted by the USAF just in time for the Vietnam conflict where USAF F-4Cs took over MiG-fighting duties from the F-100 Super Sabre. Although the F-4 was never intended as a dog-fighter, it was responsible for destroying 109 nimble, gun-armed MiGs in aerial combat.

At the end of their careers many of the survivors from the 3,380 land-based Phantoms were converted into target drones for training purposes. Others found their way into the air forces of other nations, and new aircraft were produced for West Germany, Iran and Israel. The F-4 showed the USAF that the air-to-air fighter was still needed, and the decision to fund the successor McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle (as well as the F-16 Fighting Falcon and F-22A Raptor) was heavily influenced by the combat experiences of Phantom pilots.

Osprey Publishing Ltd; April 2013
ISBN 9781780966106
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Title: USAF McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II
Author: Peter Davies

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