RF-4C Phantom II

RF-4C 64-047, a combat veteran of both Vietnam and Desert Shield/Storm, retired by the Alabama ANG.

RF-4C Phantom II

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.


Recommended Reading

“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.


Speed Hunter Graphics 1/48 Scale Decal Phlashy RF-4C for Hasegawa

Colors and Markings of the Recon Phantoms in Detail and Scale: Covers USAF RF-4C & USMC RF-4B Variants (C&M, Vol. 23)

F-4C Phantom II References & Resources

F-4F Phantom II at Pittsburgh

US Navy F-4 Phantom IIs – References for Scale Modelers

F-4G Wild Weasel

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