RF-4C “PHANTOM II”

Brief History

The 179th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron in Duluth flew RF-4Cs for nine years (from 1975 through 1983) using optical cameras and side-looking radar to provide up-to-date battle information. The 179th used these aircraft to fly the pre-strike reconnaissance missions over Grenada.

The 179th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, Duluth, converted from an air defense mission to tactical reconnaissance in October 1975 and was equipped with the RF-4C. Converting back to air defense in 1984, they flew the sleek gray F-4D. They converted to F-16s in July 1990.

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Description

Manufacturer: McDonnell-Douglas
Designation: RF-4C
Version: C
Name: RF-4C
Nickname: Phantom II
Type: Fighter-Reconnaissance

Dimensions

Fuselage Length: 62ft. 10in.
Wing Span: 35ft. 5in.
Height: 16ft. 6in.

Weights

Empty Weight: 28,276 lbs.
Max Takeoff Weight: 50,341 lbs.

Propulsion

Power Plant: Two General Electric J79-GE-15 afterburning turbojets.
Horsepower: 10,900 lbs. thrust (each)

Performance

Range: 1,375 miles
Cruise Speed: 587 mph
Max. Speed: 1,459 mph at 40,000 ft
Ceiling: 59,400 ft.

Armament

None