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The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II is a tandem two-seat, twin-engine, all-weather, long-range supersonic jet interceptor and fighter-bomber originally developed for the United States Navy by McDonnell Aircraft.

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What is the smiley face sensor at the stern of the F-4 Phantom?

The F-4 Phantom has an interesting collection of sensors at the extreme rear of the empennage. What are these sensors for? My daughter calls them them smiley sensors but I suspect that is not the ...
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Why don't modern fighter aircraft hide their engine exhaust?

In many photographs, the F-4's unique geometry hides one or both engines. I've been told that this is one of the terrific accidental features of the F-4, as it would help shield the hot exhaust from ...
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What does the "remote control" for a QF-4 look like?

As I understand it a QF-4 is a Phantom which is converted to a remotely controlled plane for use in weapons testing. (Apparently in non-destructive runs, a pilot is still on board for safety, ...
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Why did the F-4 Phantom have quite so many stencilled messages?

Anyone who has built a model of a US Navy or Air Force F-4 Phantom will know the misery of attaching literally hundreds of tiny stencilled informational notices all over its body. Eduard 1:48 Tamiya ...
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Did the Phantom F-4 contain "polychron" or other synthetic materials as a replacement for rubber circa 1969?

update: In order to make it easier to answer this question, use of "synthetic materials as a replacement for rubber circa 1969" in any aircraft might be good enough. Michael Crichton's 1969 ...
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Where can I find the full report of this controlled F-4 fighter jet impact?

I found the following video on YouTube They used an F-4 Phantom jet as a test article in a crash into a concrete wall at 500 mph. It wasn't actually a crash because ...
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Why was Energy Maneuverability theory not applied to the F-14?

In John Boyd's (declassified) 1966 Energy Maneuverability [PDF] report, studies were done on the F-4 and on the MiG-21 and those studies were applied to the F-15, F-16 and F-18. My questions: Why ...
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Does the F-4 Phantom use (have) differential horizontal tail deflection?

Is differential horizontal tail deflection used to roll the aircraft around the longitudinal axis along with the ailerons / spoilers and a bit of rudder?
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Was the F-4 Phantom the only fighter to be in service for the US Navy, Air Force and Marines?

As is stated here: Furthermore, the F-4 came in both ground- and carrier-based models and served in the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marines. The only other frontline fighter to serve in all three ...
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Drain line under drag chute door of F-4 phantom

What is this drain line under the drag chute door on the F-4?
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Where is the F-4 Phantom II's flap lever?

I'm trying to fly this fighter for the first time in X-Plane 11 but I can't seem to find the flap lever in the cockpit. Where is it on the real plane?
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Why does the F-4's rear seat have a weather scope eyepiece?

In the front seat. The pilot has a flat screen radar scope that shows both the planes and the weather. But on the rear seat. The weather scope has an giant eyepiece. Perhaps glare protection? (...
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Does the F-4E Phantom II have a weather radar?

Here's the cockpit of the F-4E: The Main Panel NO7 says "Radar Scope" and when you put your mouse cursor on that "magician globe", the X-Plane 8.15 tooltip says "Weather Radar". So, what is that ...
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What were the "flap pump" and "gear pump" on the F-4E Phantom II?

When I choose the F-4 in X-Plane 8 there are "buttons" labeled "flap pump" and "gear pump", whose tooltips say something like: Manually operating and closing flaps/pumps in a failure So How did ...
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Can a F-4 Phantom II pilot control weapons?

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 ...
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Why F4 Phantom II didn't have an cannon? [duplicate]

Question is simple but seriously ? Who would design a FIGHTER bomber without an cannon ? What was the crazy reason they didn't added an cannon to it ? (Also My CPU is Athlon X2 II 250.... If only I ...
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Do F-4 Phantom II pilots actually fold the wings?

In flight simulator X-Plane 8.15, the F-4 Phantom 2 can fold the tip of its wings (well, variable sweep). Is that useful? Why would a pilot fold the wing? To reduce lift for short landing?
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