RF-4C Phantom II walkaround

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

RF-4C Phantom II preserved at Dayton

RF-4C Phantom

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

Photo: “USAF/McDonnell RF-4C Reconnaissance Aircraft” Aviation Week & Space Technology February 24, 1964 front cover

“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

“Last USAF RF-4C Squadron Stands Down” Journal of American Military Aviation v2 n1 p.45 2 photos

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.

Boneyard Almanac: 20th Century Picture Book by Del Laughery p.75: photo of RF-4C 66-0395


F-4C Phantom II References & Resources

F-4F Phantom II at Pittsburgh

F-4S Phantom II

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

F-4G Wild Weasel

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