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In the F-4 Phantom II, can the pilot in the front seat control the weaponry as well, or do they only fly the aircraft?

And can the weapons officer in the back fly the aircraft in emergencies, e.g. if the pilot is unconscious?

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    $\begingroup$ You say "Phantom II" in your question title, yet "Phantom I" in the question text. I'm not sure if it matters to the answer, but you may want to edit for consistency. $\endgroup$ – FreeMan Jan 31 at 15:12
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Can the pilot in the front seat control the weaponry as well, or do they only fly the aircraft?

Yes, the pilot in the front could control all weapons.

And can the weapons officer in the back fly in emergencies, like, pilot is unconscious or something?

This is more complicated. The USAF F-4's did not have controls for the RIO's (now called WSO's), but the Navy/Marine F-4's did.

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  • $\begingroup$ The Navy's flight controls were limited, with no control of flaps, and no afterburner. Gear could only be extended using an emergency bottle. So it wasn't ideal. $\endgroup$ – GdD Jan 31 at 18:42
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    $\begingroup$ My guess is that in the event of an incapacitated pilot the Navy WSO would use their controls to get somewhere near the carrier (or nearby land) and then eject. $\endgroup$ – DJClayworth Jan 31 at 20:13
  • $\begingroup$ Have you source ,is it knowledge? $\endgroup$ – L'aviateur Apr 12 at 13:40
  • $\begingroup$ WRONG, About rear cockpit flight controls, you have it backwards. The USAF F-4s back seat did in fact have full set of flight controls. I'm not sure about all Navy Phantoms, but every one I saw did NOT have flight controls in the rear cockpit,. $\endgroup$ – Charles Bretana Apr 13 at 2:13
  • $\begingroup$ Do you know why some had them and some didn't? $\endgroup$ – J Lopez Apr 13 at 2:50

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