​DC Designs’ F-4 Phantom review

Affectionately known as the ‘Rhino’

When it comes to aircraft, I’m sure that most of our readers have their favourites. And while these affections may change over time, I’m equally sure there would be many unforgettable moments that persist. For me personally, the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom was just such an aircraft. Its sheer size gave it a certain presence, combined with the raw power produced by its twin J79 General Electric-10 engines, capable of propelling it to Mach 2.2; and at the time gave airshow audiences many a WOW! moment.

The Phantom has a real presence, shown here cold and dark.
The Phantom has a real presence, shown here cold and dark. Joe Lavery

McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom

The F-4 Phantom was primarily a long-range jet interceptor and fighter-bomber that first entered service in 1961. It was initially designed for the American Navy as a carrier-borne aircraft and later adopted by the USAF but only after a number of improvements were made to provide better air-to-air and ground attack performance.  

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