Air International 1978-12
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Starting with 32 F-4Ds (as illustrated) delivered in 1968/69, the Imperial Iranian Air Force has received a total of 225 Phantoms to date, and is currently considering the acquisition of a further batch.
Spain is unique among foreign users of the Phantom in that it operates the F-4C version. 36 having been delivered from USAF stocks in 1971/72.
Among the major foreign users of the Phantom is the Luftwaffe, which bought 175 examples of the F-4F, an optimised air defence variant, in addition to 88 examples of the RF-4E (photo) tactical reconnaissance version.
In Japan, Mitsubishi is in course of producing 138 F-4EJs: in common with other Japanese combat aircraft, these are now receiving a camouflage finish as shown here on one of the imported RF-4EJs.
Although F-4Es for the JASDF are built in Japan, its requirement for RF-4E reconnaissance versions has been met by supplying 14 of these aircraft from the St Louis production line.
Первым местом службы Уорда была 892-я эскадрилья, где он летал на Phantom FG.Mk 1. После кратковременной штабной работы он в 1974 году перешел служить на авианосец "Арк Роял" старшим летчиком, имея квалификацию инструктора воздушного боя на Phantom.
A Phantom FG Mk 1 of No 892 Squadron on the port catapult of the USS Saratoga during an exchange visit, clearly showing the double-extensible nose wheel leg.
A Phantom FGR Mk 2 of No 111 Squadron, RAF, in the air defence role, carrying a 20-mm gun pod on the fuselage centreline and showing the rear warning radar fairing added to the top of the fin.
McDonnell Phantom FGR Mk.2
Among the major foreign users of the Phantom is the Luftwaffe, which bought 175 examples of the F-4F, an optimised air defence variant, in addition to 88 examples of the RF-4E tactical reconnaissance version.
The Greek Air Force has received 56 F-4Es, as illustrated, in addition to eight RF-4Es now in course of delivery.
Israel is the only nation other than the US itself to have used its Phantoms in combat. More than 200 F-4Es have been supplied over a 10-year period.