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McDonnell Douglas RF-4E Phantom II
AG 52, NATO Tiger Meet,
Kleine Brogel, Belgium,1985
|The McDonnell Douglas F-4 was the main multipurpose aircraft for the US Military for 20 years.
The F-4E variant was an improved version of the C/D with an elongated nose and compact
radar. These two things made it possible to install a 20mm M61A1 6 barrel 640 round Vulcan
gun pod in the nose. The F-4E was the most produced variant with 1387 aircraft being made
over its 12 year production period. The “E” also equipped more air forces than any other
variant of the Phantom II.
The first of 88 German RF-4E’s that would equip AG-51 Aufklarungeschwader 51 "Immelmann"
stationed at Bremgarten and AG-52 Aufklarungeschwader (Reconnaissance Wing) at Leck
went into service on January 20, 1971. AG-52 was activated in December 1959 with the head
of a black panther as their emblem. AG-52 became a member of the NATO Tiger Association in
1963 hosting the Meet in 1967, 1975 and 1984. RF-4E 35+76 represented AG-52 at the 1985
NATO Tiger Meet held in Kleine Brogel, Belgium. AG-52 was inactivated on December 15,
Specifications McDonnell Douglas F-4E Phantom II
Note – The RF-4E variant was an unarmed reconnaissance version for export only. Retrofitted
to carry weapons by most customers.
Engines – (2) General Electric J79-GE-17 turbojets.
Thrust – 11,870 lb. st dry, 17,900 lb. st with afterburners.
Maximum internal fuel - fuselage tanks 1,364 US gallons (up to block 40) and 1,225 US gallons
(from block 41 on).
Additional - 630 gallons of fuel in internal wing tanks.
External fuel load - 600 US gallons centerline tank.
Additional - 370 US gallons tanks under each wing attached to the outer pylon.
Total fuel load - 3334 US gallons (up to block 40) or 3195 US gallons (from block 41 on).
Maximum speed – 1,430 mph at 36,000 ft (Mach 2.21)
914 mph at sea level (Mach 1.19)
Cruising speed – 585 mph
Landing speed – 158 mph
Initial climb rate – 61,400 fpm
Service ceiling – 62,250 ft
Combat ceiling – 59,600 ft
Combat range - 595 miles
Maximum range - 1885 miles with maximum external fuel
Empty - 29,535 lbs
Gross - 40,562 lbs
Combat - 38,019 lbs
Take off - 61,651 lbs
Wingspan - 38 ft 5 in
Wing area - 530 sq ft
Length - 63 ft 0 in
Height - 16 ft 6 in
(1) 20-mm M61A1 cannon with 639 rounds in an under-nose gondola
(4) AIM-7 Sparrow semi-active radar homing air-to-air missiles in semi-recessed slots in the
(2) to (4) AIM-9 Sidewinder infra-red homing air-to-air missiles carried under the wings on the
Total offensive load of up to 16,000 pounds could be carried on the centerline and four under-
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