Operation: Western, Central and Eastern USA
Wing Span: 38' 5"
Length: 63' 0"
Height: 16' 6"
Max Speed: 1,485 mph/M. 2,25
Gross Weight: 61,651 lbs
Power Plant: 2x General Electric
Thrust: 2x 17,900
Armament: One 20-mm M61A1 rotary cannon;
Four AIM-7 Sparrow missiles or 3,020 pounds of
weapons under fuselage; Up to 12,980 pounds of
various weapons on underwing pylons.
Collings Foundation's Douglas F-4D Phantom II
Collings Foundation is the owner and operator of
this Douglas F-4D Phantom II, which is
available for airshows, flybys, film.
They are able to give experience flights to non pilots
and also have an FAA approved flight training program.
The F-4 is undoubtedly one of the most important
military aircraft in the history of the United States.
The Phantom first took flight in 1958 and quickly set 25
world records in categories like speed (mach 2.6) and
altitude. Due to the impressive performance of the
aircraft, the Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps all
utilized the F-4.
Soon after introduction into service, the F-4 was
quickly swept away from the glory of record-breaking
flights and was thrust into combat in Southeast Asia.
During the Vietnam War, the Phantom was successful at
bombing enemy positions, dog-fighting with North
Vietnamese MIGís, and providing close-air-to-ground
support for the troops. While the war generated many
notable F-4 crews, one of the most celebrated was the
partnership between Captain Steve Ritchie and Captain
Charles DeBellevue who succeeded in shooting down five
MIG 21ís together. This accomplishment made Ritchie the
only US Air Force pilot-ace during the entire Vietnam
After Vietnam, the F-4ís continued to serve with the
US military forces around the world. The next major
conflict involving the F-4 was Operation Desert Storm,
where Air Force "Wild Weasel" Phantoms participated in
carrying out strategic strikes against Iraqi military
installations. Finally, in 1996 (nearly forty years
after its inception), the F-4 was retired from the Air
Force--the last branch to use the aircraft. This
retirement threatened to end the chance for people to
see an aircraft in flight that contributed so much to
the history of our country. However, the Collings
Foundation of Stow, and the Vietnam Memorial Flight
prevents that tragedy from occurring.
Five years ago, foreign warbird jets were starting to
emerge as the powerful force in the future of vintage
aviation. However, major legal obstacles were
encountered when individuals made efforts to acquire
non-demiled (demiled combat jets are not flight-worthy)
US-built combat jets
in America or from abroad. Despite these obstacles, the
Collings Foundation decided that it was going to try to
acquire and restore a Phantom for flight exhibition.
Accordingly, it took an act of Congress by means of an
amendment to the Defense Authorization Bill of 1999 to
allow the Collings Foundation to acquire its F-4
Available Phantoms that were stored at Davis Monthan
AFB had baked in the hot Arizona sun for over nine
years. To make the situation worse, the F-4ís had been
operated under highly demanding and stressful conditions
for decades, such use had taken its toll. In order to
rectify problems encountered from two conditions, a lot
of work was undertaken to make the old warrior
airworthy. The major 600 hour inspection was conducted,
engines were replaced with zero-time units, avionics
upgraded, hydraulic systems and components were
overhauled, structural items tested and repaired,
ejection seats located, and much more. After thousands
of hours of labor, the Collings F-4 took to the sky in
August of 1999.
Considering that hundreds of thousands of servicemen
flew, maintained, and supported the Phantom and that
countless others benefited from its close support in its
forty-year life-service span, interest in the aircraft
is. Currently, the plane soars across America for
displays around the country helping to educate a nation
about its past history. The F-4D also participates in the Collings Foundationís
TA-4J / F-4 Phantom II Flight Training Program at their
P.O. Box 248
Stow, MA 01775
Phone: (978) 562-9182 or (978) 568-8924
Fax: (978) 568-8231
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