RF-4C Phantom II
RF-4C 64-047, a combat veteran of both Vietnam and Desert Shield/Storm, retired by the Alabama ANG.
Among the last Phantoms to remain in frontline American service, the RF-4C was an all-weather reconnaissance machine built to replace the RF-101 Voodoo. Just over 500 were built; these lacked provisions for armament with the exception of being able to carry a nuclear store if necessary. In the twilight of their careers, a few examples were fitted to carry AIM-9 Sidewinders as a self defense measure.
“First RF-4C Photos Show Reconnaissance Installation” Aviation Week & Space Technology August 19, 1963 p.35
Photo: RF-4C 64-1050/Nebraska ANG Air Classics March 1984 p.61
Photo: side view of QRF-4C 68-0580 Air Forces Monthly July 2015 p.93
Randy Walker More Painted Ladies: Modern Military Aircraft Nose-Art & Unusual Markings Chapter 10 has two pages showing RF-4C nose art.
Robert J. Archer United States Military Aviation: The Air Force Includes a photo of a Systems Command RF-4C
Gerry Manning Military Aircraft of the 1970s Includes a photo of a 17th TRS RF-4C.
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