Sunday, October 27, 2013

USAF F-4 Wild Weasel Aircraft before the F-4G



As the air war in Vietnam heated up, and the Soviet Union started supplying the North Vietnamese armed forces with better air defenses, the US Air Force realized the need for what became known as Wild Weasel aircraft to help suppress the SAMs.  Their first attempt was the F-100F Wild Weasel I aircraft.  While the F-100F was successful in suppressing SAM activity, it had one glaring weakness - speed.  The F-105s that were carrying out the bombing campaign found themselves flying very slow so they didn't out-distance the F-100s that were providing them protection.

A newer airframe was needed, one that could keep pace with the fighter-bomber formations without effecting their performance.  The two airframes that were available at the time were the F-105 Thunderchief and the F-4 Phantom II.  So the US Air Force initiated parallel programs fitting the Wild Weasel electronic suites into both aircraft.  This decision was based on the fact that there were a finite number of F-105s available as production had been closed on that aircraft, but the F-4 was still in production and could make up for combat loses with new aircraft.  This decision was to prove to be a very wise one.


(E)F-4C Wild Weasel IV

The first flight of a Weasel EF-105F took place on 15 January 1966, with first flight of a Weasel F-4C expected to take place six months later in July of the same year.  But the F-4C conversion was very protracted and was beset by one problem after another.  The first problem was simply one of space.  While the F-105 and F-4 were roughly the same size, the F-105 was a single engine aircraft where the F-4 with its two engines needed more real estate for fuel lines, control lines, and electronics just to operate. In short, the Phantom was a jam-packed aircraft and simply could not handle the added electronics and wiring required to properly install Wild Weasel equipment without some major revisions.

The (E)F-4C Wild Weasel went through several versions during development.  The first - Wild Weasel IV-A was a pod mounted system in the starboard rear missile well.  All of the Sparrow launch equipment and wiring were removed and replace with the necessary electronics and wiring for the Wild Weasel mission.  Itek/ATI APR-25 and -26 RHAW  equipment was installed and a IR-133 Panoramic Receiver was put in the pod.  Sounds nice, but it didn't work, there was high interference coming from someplace and it gave either erratic displays or no display at all.  For a year the engineers beat their collective head against the wall, trying to  understanding how the same system that worked well in the F-100F and EF-105F resulted in nothing but problems on the F-4.  Finally Mr. C.K. Bullock the brain-child of the Wild Weasel I system installed in the F-100F was brought in as a consultant and he spotted the problem right away. The F-100 and F-105 both used low-capacitance coaxial cable to carry the video information to the RHAW scopes to match the low-capacitance wiring of the of the aircraft. The F-4, on the other hand, used high-capacitance wiring on its systems so they had used high-capacitance wiring to incorporate the Wild Weasel installation.  The equipment wasn't designed for that.


With this problem solved, McDonnell began flight tests of the Wild Weasel 4, but further problems with vibration in the pod caused erratic displays, again delaying the program. Meanwhile EF-105F Weasels were already in combat and were achieving a lot of success. It became obvious to McDonnell Engineers that somehow the system would have to be mounted internally.

McDonnell engineers began working feverishly on Project Wild Weasel IV-C, the reengineering effort to make room in the F-4C for the Wild Weasel components. Finally, in June of 1968, almost two years after the scheduled deployment of at least four (E)F-4C Weasels, the installation of the electronics in their new internal spaces was begun!  The new installation worked as advertised and the first operational (E)F-4C Wild Weasel was delivered to the 67th TFS based at Kadena AB, ROK on October of 1969. 


By this time is seemed that the Vietnam War was winding down and the EF-105Fs seemed to have things well in hand, so the (E)F-4Cs were not needed. But, the 67th TFS (E)F-4Cs would get a crack at combat. Because of the North Vietnamese Easter Offensive in 1972, President Nixon ordered a full resumption of bombing military targets in North Vietnam. Many more aircraft were committed to LINEBACKER operations than before and the sole Wild Weasel EF-105F unit in SEA could not handle the increased mission load. In October of 1972, the 67th TFS was alerted for combat duty and was sent TDY to Korat, Thailand, just in time for the LINEBACKER II maximum effort in December. The (E)F-4Cs performed admirably while flying over 460 missions

(E)F-4C Wild Weasel IV-C of the 67th TFS
The Wild Weasel (E)F-4C could be distinguished from a standard fighter only by the additional antennas on the aircraft. Around the nose at forty-live degree positions, were the four diamond-shaped homing antennas for the ER-142. Under the nose are a short blade antenna for the APR-26, and the two small stub omni antennas directly in front of the nose gear wheel well are for the ER-142. Above the wing/fuselage juncture the raised square patch with a six inch black circle is the ER-142 direction finding antenna. The antennas for the APR-25are found inside the chin fairing under the radome, and in a fairing on the trailing edge of the vertical fin. The rear cockpit was extensively modified with the upper right corner of the rear instrument panel being taken up with RHAW scopes and Threat Display Panels.

Thirty-six (E)F-4Cs were eventually modified to Wild Weasel IV-C specifications, twelve were assigned to the 67th TFS, Kadena AB, ROK; twelve to the 81st TFS, Spangdalem, West Germany; with the final twelve being assigned to the 35th TFW at George AFB, California - the new home of the Wild Weasels.

The (E)F-4C Wild Weasel was a very successful conversion once all the bugs were ironed out.  But not every weapon system is flawless.  The one glaring weakness with the (E)F-4C was the lack of the ability to use the AGM-78 Standard ARM missile.



(E)F-4C Wild Weasel IV-C of the 81st TFS

 

(E)F-4D Wild Weasel IV-B

There were two F-4Ds modified for the Wild Weasel mission under Project Wild Weasel IV-B. Both aircraft (65-657 and 65-660), were used to test the Bendix APS-107 Radar Homing and Warning (RHAW) system with an ER-142 panoramic receiver. Although the APS-107 gear was more sophisticated and accurate than the APR-25/-26 units and finally gave the (E)F-4 the ability to use the AGM-78 Standard ARM, it proved unreliable and erratic under combat conditions - at least for the Wild Weasel mission.

Several standard F-4Ds were used to test other programs relative to the Wild Weasel mission. One aircraft (65-0644) was used to test the AGM-78 Standard ARM missile, and several F-4Ds were used to perfect the AGM-65 Maverick missile.

(E)F-4D Wild Weasel V Test Platform

 At least two F-4Ds (66-7635 and 66-7647) were modified and equipped with the new McDonnell-Douglas designed APR-38 Warning and Attack System, the basis of the entire F-4G program. 

Originally, the F-4G program had originally been slated for installation in ninety F-4Ds, but the Air Force opted for the more modem F-4E.  This decision was made because the F-4E had much more internal volume available (especially once the gun was removed) and it was considered the cheaper option because the F-4E aircraft were much more up to date than the F-4Ds which would have to be brought up to the current state of the art. This was apparent in testing the (E)F-4D test aircraft which had to carry much of the electronics in a special canoe fairing which took the place of the port/forward missile launcher because of the lack of space.

The (E)F-4D Wild Weasel aircraft never progressed farther than a test platform for the Wild Weasel V electronics, so none entered active service in any USAF squadrons. 


(E)F-4D Wild Weasel Testbed



References:

  1. Drawings (c) by Kim Simmelink
  2. Wild Weasel - The SAM Suppression Story, by Larry Davis
Revisions:

10/27/2013 - Original Post

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Israeli Modification to F-4 Inboard Pylon

I cam across a very interesting piece of information recently, and it took me quite awhile to track it down and verify it.  But finally I purchased Double Ugly's fantastic books Israeli Phantoms vol 1 & 2 and found pictures and information to verify what I had heard.

It seems that the IAF had problems carrying the Popeye missile or the Rafael Tadmit when the AN/ALE-40 Chaff and Flare dispensers were mounted on the pylon sides.  The fins interfered with the AN/ALE-40 operation.  So they made a new pylon that would move the MAU-12 ejector rack forward so the fins would clear the AN/ALE-40. 
Sounds simple enough, but they couldn't leave the MAU-12 in the forward position when carrying conventional munitions because it moved the center of gravity too far forward.

So this was their solution:


A pylon that was longer and mounted the MAU-12 farther forward for the missiles, but that also had the ability to move the MAU-12 back to the original (normal) position for other weapon loads.  So here are what the pylons would look like with the MAU-12 in either position.

Here is the MAU-12 in the forward position for carrying the Popeye or Tadmit weapons.


Here is the MAU-12 in the aft (or normal) position for all other weapons.


References:

  1. Drawings (c) by Kim Simmelink
  2. Israeli Phantoms - The 'Kurnass' in IDF/AF Service - 1969-1988, by Andreas Klein & Shlomo Aloni
  3. Israeli Phantoms - The 'Kurnass' in IDF/AF Service - 1989 until Today, by Andreas Klein & Shlomo Aloni

Revisions:

10/26/2013 - Original Post





Where did all the F4H Prototypes Go?

There were many F4H prototypes, well pre-production aircraft probably would be a better term, and they were in great demand.  These aircraft were closely guarded by BuAer who determined who would get them and for how long.  This was necessary to ensure that the testing and systems development went smoothly and quickly.  Here is a list of aircraft and who they were bailed to (or lent to).


SERIAL# BUILD# BLOCK# BAILED TO
142259 1 McDonnell YF4H-1 Proof of concept Prototype
142260 2 McDonnell YF4H-1 Proof of concept Prototype. Used by McDonnell for inlet development work.
143388 3 McDonnell F4H-1F (F-4A-1-MC) To McDonnell for equipment checks and then to General Electric (along with build# 13) for testing and development of the J79-GE-8 engine.
143389 4 McDonnell F4H-1F (F-4A-1-MC) To NAMTC (Naval Air Missile Test Center) at Point Mugu NAS for tests of the Sparrow missile system.
143390 5 McDonnell F4H-1F (F-4A-1-MC) To Raytheon for development of the Sparrow missile system.
143391 6 McDonnell F4H-1F (F-4A-1-MC) US Navy - for carrier suitability trials.
143392 7 McDonnell F4H-1F (F-4A-1-MC) US Navy - equipped to the initial production standard with the 32-inch radome, the AAA-4 IRST, and a special spin chute in the tail. Sent to Edwards AFB for spin trials.
145307 8 McDonnell F4H-1F (F-4A-2-MC) US Navy - used for structural & load testing.
145308 9 McDonnell F4H-1F (F-4A-2-MC) To McDonnell - stayed in St. Louis for developing equipment.
145309 10 McDonnell F4H-1F (F-4A-2-MC) To Raytheon for studies of the APQ-72
145310 11 McDonnell F4H-1F (F-4A-2-MC) To Edwards AFB for nuclear weapons delivery
145311 12 McDonnell F4H-1F (F-4A-2-MC) Devoted to the world speed record program.
145312 13 McDonnell F4H-1F (F-4A-2-MC) To General Electric for testing and development of the J79-GE-8 engine.
       

References:

  1. Engineering the F-4 Phantom II - Parts Into Systems, by Glenn E. Bugos
Revisions:

10/26/2013 - Original Post

Friday, October 25, 2013

F4H Phantom II Ejection Seat History

One question that I have often seen asked on forums is:

"What ejection seat did the early F4Hs use?" 

It seems that various authors have given credit either to Stanley Aviation Company or McDonnell for making the original seat.  Well, actually both parties are right - somewhat.  Here is what I have been able to come up with from my reading and researching.

In 1955 McDonnell did give Stanley Aviation Company a contract for an F4H ejection seat.  But, according to what I have been able to find, this was not for a complete, turnkey ejection seat.  The Naval Air Material Center was to provide the explosive seat catapult and McDonnell was providing the seat pan that held the survival equipment and all the connections for the pilots pressure suit.  These connections were vitally important upon ejection because the pilot would depend on the pressure suit immediately after an ejection at high altitude and there needed to be a good separation on ejection from the air-conditioning system.  So there were some issues to be ironed out as the engineers at McDonnell tried to make the pan and all required connections fit the seat made by Stanley.  But in 1956 the F4H mockup board approved the cockpit with the Stanley / McDonnell seat.  And this was the seat that was used in the prototype and many of the pre-production aircraft.



So just how did the production aircraft end up with Martin-Baker seats? 

In August 1957 the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) directed BuAer to use only "zero-zero" ejection seats in all future (and existing) aircraft projects.  This was because of the 265 Naval pilots that died in 1957, 172 died following aircraft problems at low altitude / low airspeed.  BuAer cobbled together a quick design competition and in May 1958 selected the Martin-Baker Mk.5 seat as their choice to be the standard seat in Naval combat aircraft.  All the airframe manufacturers were then notified to negotiate a contract with Martin-Baker to modify the seat to fit their aircraft. 




So then, why do we see the Stanley / McDonnell seat installed in F4H aircraft after that date? 

Well both McDonnell and Stanley had a lot of work and money tied up into their seat in design hours, manufacturing startup, and many, many hours testing and refining their seat.  To make matters worse, all that work and testing would have to be redone with a Martin-Baker seat installation.  Everything from fitting the seat into the airframe, controlling ejection sequences, ensuring that a ejection through the canopy was survivable, and a host of other engineering puzzles would have to be designed and thoroughly tested before putting a new seat into the aircraft.  And this came at a very inconvenient time for the F4H project as it would have delayed the first flight and some of the initial testing of the F4H.  In addition the Martin-Baker seat added 103 lbs. to the weight and $600,000.00 to the price tag of the Phantom.  So simply stated, McDonnell was very, very slow in making the change over.  And there really was no incentive to move quickly because BuAer was paying the bills for continuing development of the Stanley / McDonnell seat as a hedge against the possibility of a protracted development of the Martin-Baker seat for the F4H.  So it wasn't until December of 1960 that McDonnell finally canceled the contract with Stanley (although Stanley received a nice buy-out from BuAer since it was their directive that was forcing the change).

An interesting side note is that even though McDonnell had cancelled the contract, they still were not done with Stanley Aviation Company ejection seats completely. It seems that at some point there must have been thought given to using a Stanley escape capsule / seat  on proposed high performance models of the Phantom (possibly advanced interceptor proposals like the Model 98AL or 98CN).  Here are some pictures of the capsule in a mock-up of the forward fuselage of the F-4.



 It sure makes a tight cockpit a bit tighter!
 
 

Sources:
  1. Engineering the F-4 Phantom II - Parts Into Systems, by Glenn E Bugos
  2. http://www.ejectionsite.com

Revision History:

10/25/2013 - Original Post
10/26/2013 - Added information about Ejection Capsule


Saturday, October 12, 2013

Books about the F-4 Phantom II

This is not a complete list, but rather a list of the books I currently own, or have on my wish list.  Even so it is readily apparent that there isn't a lack of documentation on the service the Phantom II provided over the years.  I will be adding my personal rating (out of 5 possible stars) and comments as time allows.



Book Information
Book Cover
   
F-4C Phantom II - Post Vietnam Markings 1974-1984
Color & Marking Series 03
by Bert Kinzey
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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Aero Publishers (November 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816845271
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816845279
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Black & White Photos: 122
  • Color Photos: 93
  • Scale Line Drawings: 0
 
 
F-4D Phantom II - Post Vietnam Markings
Color & Marking Series 04
by Bert Kinzey
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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Aero Publishers (November 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 083068428X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830684281
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.5 x 0.2 inches
  • Black & White Photos:
  • Color Photos:
  • Scale Line Drawings: 0
 
 
US Navy & USMC CAG Aircraft, Vol.1 - Fighters
Color & Marking Series 10
by Bert Kinzey & Ray Leader

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  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: TAB Books (October 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830685340
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830685349
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.2 inches
  • Black & White Photos:
  • Color Photos:
  • Scale Line Drawings: 0
 
 
F-4E Phantom II - Post Vietnam Markings
Color & Marking Series 13
by Bert Kinzey & Ray Leader
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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Airlife Pub. (February 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853106143
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853106149
 
 
US Navy F-4 Phantoms - Pt. 1 - Atlantic Coast Markings
Color & Marking Series 17
by Bert Kinzey & Ray Leader
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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Airlife Publishing Ltd; 1st edition (December 31, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853106240
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853106248
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.4 x 0.2 inches
 
 
US Navy F-4 Phantoms - Pt. 2 - Pacific Coast Markings
Color & Marking Series 22
by Bert Kinzey & Ray Leader
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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Squadron/Signal Publications; First Edition edition (September 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0890241945
  • ISBN-13: 978-0890241943
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.4 x 0.3 inches
 
 
Recon Phantoms - USAF RF-4C & USMC RF-4B Variants
Color & Marking Series 23
by Bert Kinzey & Ray Leader
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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Kalmbach Publishing Co.; 1st edition (August 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0890242216
  • ISBN-13: 978-0890242216
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 10.6 x 8.5 inches
 
 
F-4 Phantom II - Vol. 1 - USAF F-4C, F-4D, RF-4C
Detail & Scale Series 01
by Bert Kinzey
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  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Aero Publishers Inc. (1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10:
  • ISBN-13:
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.4 x 0.3 inches
 
 
F-4 Phantom II - Vol. 2 - USAF F-4E & F-4G
Detail & Scale Series 07
by Bert Kinzey
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  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Squadron/Signal Publications (May 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0890241635
  • ISBN-13: 978-0890241639
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.3 x 0.3 inches
 
 
F-4 Phantom II - Vol. 3 - USN & USMC Versions
Detail & Scale Series 12
by Bert Kinzey
 «««
  • Paperback: 72 Pages
  • Publisher: Kalmbach Publishing Co. (May 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816850224
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816850228
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.3 x 0.2 inches
 
 
The F-4 Phantom II
Famous Aircraft Series
by G.G. O'Rourke
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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill (May 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816856451
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816856459
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.3 x 0.2 inches
 
 
McDonnell F-4 Phantom II
Aero Series No. 36
by Robert F Dorr
 
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Aero Publishers (August 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830686177
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830686179
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.2 x 0.4 inches

 
 
McDonnell F-4D
Aerofax Minigraph 04
by Rene Francillon
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  • Paperback: 40 Pages
  • Publisher: Aerofax (May 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0942548094
  • ISBN-13: 978-0942548099
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8 x 0.2 inches
 
 
McDonnell RF-4 Variants
Aerofax Minigraph 13
by Jay Miller 
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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Aerofax (December 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0942548183
  • ISBN-13: 978-0942548181
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.2 inches
 
 
McDonnell F-4E Phantom II
Aerofax Minigraph 20
by Tim McGovern
  « «
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Aerofax; 1st edition (June 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0942548248
  • ISBN-13: 978-0942548242
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.3 inches
 
 
McDonnell Douglas F-4
Aero Detail 04
US Navy & Marines
  «««
  • Paperback: 78 Pages
  • Publisher: Aero Detail?
  • Language: Japanese (also English captions to pictures)
 
 
USAFE Phantoms
Post WWII Combat Aircraft Series 01
by Patrick Martin & Christian Gerard
  ««««
  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Airdoc - Aircraft Documentations (2005)
  • ASIN: B000YNTBZ8
 
 
Luftwaffe Phantoms
Part 1 - The MDD F-4F Phantom II in German Air Force Service - 1973-1982

Post WWII Combat Aircraft Series 06
by Andreas Klein
 ««««
  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Airdoc - Aircraft Documentations (2004)
  • ISBN-10: 3935687060
  • ISBN-13: 978-3935687065
  • ASIN: B000TYX02M
 
 
Luftwaffe Phantoms
Part 2 - The MDD F-4F Phantom II in German Air Force Service - 1982-2003
Post WWII Combat Aircraft Series 7
by Andreas Klein
«««« 
  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Airdoc - Aircraft Documentations (January 1, 2004)
  • ASIN: B000YNOFJK
 
 
Luftwaffe Phantoms
Part 3 - The MDD RF-4E Phantom II in German Air Force Service
Post WWII Combat Aircraft Series 08
by Andreas Klein & Ralf Jahnke
 ««««
  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Airdoc - Aircraft Documentations (2004)
  • Language: English, German
  • ISBN-10: 3935687087
  • ISBN-13: 978-3935687089
  • ASIN: B000TYYQY8
 
 
Fluglehrzentrum F-4F
Modern Combat Aircraft Special Series 01
by Wilfried Zetsche
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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Airdoc - Aircraft Documentations (2006)
  • ISBN-10: 3935687532
  • ISBN-13: 978-3935687539
  • ASIN: B000TYV85I
 
 
Luftwaffe Phantoms
The F-4F and RF-4E in Norm 72 Camouflage

Modern Combat Aircraft Special Series 007
by Andreas Klein
(on my wish list)
  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Airdoc - Aircraft Documentations (2007)
  • Language: English, German
  • ISBN-10: 3935687648
  • ISBN-13: 978-3935687645
 
 
USMC Phantoms
F-4B/J/N/S and RF-4B of the US Marine Corps

Modern Combat Aircraft Special Series 009
by Patrick Martin & Andreas Klein
(on my wish list)
  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Airdoc - Aircraft Documentations (2008)
  • ISBN-10: 3935687699
  • ISBN-13: 978-3935687690
 
 
F-4 Phantom
Warbirds Illustrated No. 27
by Richard C. Stern
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  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Arms & Armour Press (September 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 085368670X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0853686705
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
 
 
F-4 Phantom, Vol. 2
Warbirds Illustrated No. 46
by Richard C. Stern
(on my wish list)
  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Weidenfeld Military (September 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0853688281
  • ISBN-13: 978-0853688280
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 7.1 x 0.2 inches
 
 
Warriors At 500 Knots: Intense Stories Of Valiant Crews Flying The Legendary F-4 Phantom II In The Vietnam Air War.
by Robert F Kirk
(on my wish list)
  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (April 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456756753
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456756758
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.9 x 5.9 inches
 
 
The McDonnell Douglas RF-4E - 1982-1995
F-40 Die Flugzeuge Der Bundeswehr 39
by Ralf Jahnke
 «««
  • Paperback: 192 Seiten
  • Publisher: PeCom-Datentechnik GmbH; Auflage: 1. (2001)
  • Language: German (picture captions in English)
  • ASIN: B007RMM2SC
 
 
Uncovering the US Navy Q/F-4B/J/N/S Phantom
by Danny Coremans
«««««
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: DACO Publications (2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9080674796
  • ISBN-13: 978-9080674790
  • Product Dimensions: 9.25 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
 
 
Israeli Phantoms Vol. 1
The "Kurnass" in IDF/AF Service 1969-1988
The Ultimate F-4 Phantom II Collection No.01
by Andreas Klein & Shlomo Aloni
 «««««
Book Cover
  • Hardcover: 160 Pages
  • Publisher: Double Ugly Books (2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3935687818
  • ISBN-13: 978-3935687812
  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches
 
 
Israeli Phantoms Vol. 2
The "Kurnass" in IDF/AF Service 1989 to the Present
The Ultimate F-4 Phantom II Collection No.02
by Andreas Klein & Shlomo Aloni
    «««««
Book Cover
  • Hardcover: 160 Pages
  • Publisher: Double Ugly Books (2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3935687826
  • ISBN-13: 978-3935687829
  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches
 
 
US Navy Phantoms
Atlantic & Pacific Fleet Units 1960-2004

The Ultimate F-4 Phantom II Collection No.03
by Patrick Martin & Andreas Klein
 
Book Cover
  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Double Ugly Books (2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3935687834
  • ISBN-13: 978-3935687836
  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches
 
 
The Ultimate F-4 Phantom II Collection No.04
British Phantoms
The Phantom FG Mk.1 and FGR Mk.2 in Royal Navy and RAF Service - 1966-1978
by Patrick Martin
(on my wish list)
Book Cover
  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Double Ugly Books (2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3935687834
  • ISBN-13: 978-3935687836
  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches
 
 
The Detail Series 01
Phantom II - A Detailed Look at the F-4E/F and RF-4E
by Peter Anthoni and Nico Deboeck
(on my wish list)
  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: GREYHOUND (2003)
  • ASIN: B004LAPGV8
 
 
McDonnell Douglas Phantom - F-4K and F-4M
Warpaint Series No. 31
by Steve Hazell
 ««
  • Paperback
  • Publisher: War Paint Books Ltd (2000)
  • ASIN: B006UHERSI
  • Product Dimensions: 30.2 x 21.2 x 0.4 cm
 
 
McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom - 1958 onwards (all marks)
Owner's Workshop Manual Series
by Ian Black
««««

 
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Haynes Publishing (February 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781844259960
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844259960
  • ASIN: 184425996X
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 8.5 x 10.9 inches
 
 
F-4 Phantom
by Frank B. Mormillo  
«
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Allan (Ian) Ltd (October 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711019282
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711019287
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.6 x 0.4 inches
 
 
RAF Phantom
Aircraft Illustrated Special
by Peter R Foster
  • Paperback:
  • Publisher: Allan (Ian) Ltd
  • Language: English
 
 
Phantom
RAF Aircraft Today Series 1
by Bill Gunston
««
  • Paperback: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Allan (Ian) Ltd (1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711013837
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711013834
  • ASIN: B007ZG58K4
 
 
McDonnell F-4 Phantom
Aviation Notebook Series
by Stewart Wilson
 ««
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Notebook Publications; 1 edition (May 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1876722002
  • ISBN-13: 978-1876722005
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.3 x 0.2 inches
 
 
Phantom - McDonnell Phantom FG Mk1 / FGR Mk 2
Aeroguide Series 13
by Roger Chesneau
 «««
  • Paperback: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Linewrights Ltd (1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0946958149
  • ISBN-13: 978-0946958146
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 8.3 x 0.2 inches
 
 
Tiger Squadron Phantom - McDonnell Douglas F-4J(UK) Phantom
Aeroguide Series 25
by Roger Chesneau
 «««
  • Paperback: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Linewrights Ltd (May 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0946958327
  • ISBN-13: 978-0946958320
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 8.3 x 0.2 inches
 
 
F-4 Phantom II Production and Operational Data
by William R Peake
«««««

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Midland Pub Ltd (June 6, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857801903
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857801903
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 8.4 x 10.8 inches
 
 
McDonnell F-4 Phantom II in US Navy, USMC, USAF, RAF, FAA, RAAF, Luftwaffe and Foreign Service - Vol. 1
Aircam Aviation Series 30
by Richard Ward & Rene Francillon
 ««
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing Ltd. (1972)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0850450454
  • ISBN-13: 978-0850450453
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 7 x 0.3 inches
 
 
McDonnell F-4 Phantom II in USAF, US Navy, USMC, RAF, FAA, Luftwaffe and IIAF Service - Vol. 2
Aircam Aviation Series 41
by Richard Ward & Rene Francillon
«« 
  • Paperback: 52 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing Ltd. (1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711013837
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 7 x 0.3 inches
 
 
USAF McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II
Air Vanguard Series 07
by Peter Davies
 ««««     
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (April 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780966083
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780966083
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 7 x 0.3 inches
 
 
Israeli F-4 Phantom Aces
Aircraft of the Aces Series 60
by Shlomo Aloni
««««
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (April 27, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841767832
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841767833
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 7 x 9.7 inches
 
 
Arab - Israeli Air Wars 1947-1982
Combat Aircraft Series 23
by Shlomo Aloni
 «««
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (February 25, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841762946
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841762944
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 9.8 inches
 
 
US Navy F-4 Phantom II MiG Killers - 1965-70
Combat Aircraft Series 26
by Brad Elward & Peter Davies
««« 
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing Ltd. (November 25, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184176163X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841761633
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 7.2 x 9.6 inches
 
 
US Navy F-4 Phantom II MiG Killers - 1972-73
Combat Aircraft Series 30
by Brad Elward & Peter Davies
««« 
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing Ltd (August 19, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841762644
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841762647
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 9.8 inches
 
 
Iranian F-4 Phantom II Units in Combat
Combat Aircraft Series 37
by Farzad Bishop & Tom Cooper
««««
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (July 23, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841766585
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841766584
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 7.2 x 9.8 inches
 
 
USAF F-4 Phantom II MiG Killers - 1965-68
Combat Aircraft Series 45
by Peter E Davies
«««
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing; First Edition edition (May 25, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841766569
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841766560
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 10 inches
 
 
USAF F-4 Phantom II MiG Killers - 1972-73
Combat Aircraft Series 55
by Peter E Davies
««« 
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (May 8, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841766577
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841766577
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 7.2 x 9.6 inches
 
 
US Marine Corps F-4 Phantom II Units of the Vietnam War
Combat Aircraft Series 94
by Peter E Davies
(on my wish list)
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing; (December 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849087512
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849087513
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 7 x 9.4 inches
 
 
F-4 Phantom II vs MiG-21 - USAF & VPAF in the Vietnam War
Duel Series 12
by Peter E Davies
««« 
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (September 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846033160
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846033162
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 7.2 x 9.6 inches
 
 
USN F-4 Phantom II vs VPAF MiG-17,19 - Vietnam 1965-72
Duel Series 23
by Peter E Davies
««« 
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing; First Edition edition (November 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846034752
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846034756
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 7.4 x 9.8 inches
 
 
McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II
Air Combat Series
by Robert F Dorr
(On my wish list)
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (November 22, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0850455871
  • ISBN-13: 978-0850455878
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 8 x 0.9 inches
 
 
Phantom from the Cockpit: - Flying the Legend
by Peter Caygill
««««
  • Hardcover: 173 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword (December 31, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844152251
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844152254
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
 
 
Phantom Reflections - The Education of an American Fighter Pilot in Vietnam
by Mike McCarthy
««««
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books (January 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811735540
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811735544
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 6.1 x 8.9 inches
 
 
McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom
Profile 208
Edited by Charles W Cain
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  • Paperback: 20 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Publications Ltd. (1973)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001BQ4GNO
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 18.2 x 0.3 cm
 
 
McDonnell Douglas Aircraft Since 1920 - Vol. II
by Rene J Francillon
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  • Hardcover: 482 pages
  • Publisher: US Naval Institute Press (October 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557505500
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557505507
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 5.7 x 8.7 inches
 
 
F-4 Phantom - Variant by Variant - Part 1
Edited by Radek Vavrina
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F-4 Phantom - Variant by Variant - Part 2
Edited by Radek Vavrina
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The Modern Phantom Guide - The F-4 Phantom Exposed
by Jake Melampy
««««« 
  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Reid Air Publications; 1st edition (August 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097950645X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979506451
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.7 inches
 
 
The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II - A Comprehensive Guide for the Modeller - Part 1 - USAF Variants
Modeller's Datafile Series 12
by Andy Evans
«««
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: SAM Publications (October 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955185831
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955185830
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 8.2 x 0.2 inches
 
 
The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II - A Comprehensive Guide for the Modeller - Part 2 - US Navy & Marine Corps Variants
Modeller's Datafile Series 13
by Andy Evans
««« 
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: SAM Publications (June 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 095518584X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955185847
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 8.2 x 0.4 inches
 
 
The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II - A Comprehensive Guide for the Modeller - Part 3 - Overseas Operators
Modeller's Datafile Series 14
by Andy Evans
(on my wish list)
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: SAM Publications; First Edition edition (January 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955185858
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955185854
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 8.2 x 0.3 inches
 
 
F-4 Phantom IIs of the USAF Reserve and ANG
by Don Logan
(on my wish list)
  • Hardcover: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing (January 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764316273
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764316272
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.7 x 1.4 inches
 
 
USAF F-4 and F-105 MiG Killers of the Vietnam War, 1965-1973
by Donald J McCarthy Jr.
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. (January 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764322567
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764322563
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.8 x 0.8 inches
 
 
Gray Ghosts, U.S. Navy & Marine Corps F-4 Phantoms
by Peter E Davies
Book Cover
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Pub Ltd (March 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764310216
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764310218
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 8.7 x 11.1 inches
 
 
McDonnell Douglas F-4K and F-4M Phantom II
by Michael Burns
  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing Ltd. (UK); (June 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0850455642
  • ISBN-13: 978-0850455649
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8 x 0.9 inches
 
 
Phantom in Combat
by Walter J Boyne
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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. (January 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0887405991
  • ISBN-13: 978-0887405990
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.7 x 0.9 inches
 
 
McDonnell Douglas F-4 Gun Nosed Phantoms
Warbird Tech Series Vol. 8
by Kris Hughes & Walter Dranem
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  • Paperback: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Specialty Press; 1st edition (July 28, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 093342471X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0933424715
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.3 x 0.3 inches
 
 
F-4 Phantom II in Action
In Action Series 05
by Lou Drendel
«««
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Squadron/Signal Publications I (1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0897470044
  • ISBN-13: 978-0897470049
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.1 x 0.2 inches
 
 
F-4 Phantom II in Action
In Action Series 65
by Larry Davis
«««
  • Paperback: 58 pages
  • Publisher: Squadron/Signal Publications; 1st edition (May 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0897471547
  • ISBN-13: 978-0897471541
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8 x 0.1 inches
 
 
F-4E Phantom II Walk Around
Walk Around Series 45
by Larry Davis
««« 
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Squadron/Signal Publications; 1st edition (March 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0897475119
  • ISBN-13: 978-0897475112
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8 x 0.3 inches
 
 
Phantom II - A Pictorial History of the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II
by Lou Drendel
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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Squadron/Signal Publications (1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0897470621
  • ISBN-13: 978-0897470629
  • ASIN: B002L4MVPU
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
 


USAF Phantoms in Combat
by Lou Drendel
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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Squadron/Signal Publications Inc.; 1st edition (June 25, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0897471865
  • ISBN-13: 978-0897471862
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.3 x 0.3 inches
 
USN Phantoms in Combat
by Lou Drendel
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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Squadron/Signal Publications; 1st edition (October 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0897472136
  • ISBN-13: 978-0897472135
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.4 x 0.2 inches
 
 
Wild Weasel - The SAM Suppresion Story
by Larry Davis
«««« 
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Squadron/Signal Publications; 1st edition (1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0897471784
  • ISBN-13: 978-0897471787
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.3 x 0.5 inches
 
 
Engineering the F-4 Phantom II: Parts Into Systems
by Glenn E Bugos
«««««  
  • Hardcover: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (March 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557500894
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557500892
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 6.2 x 9.1 inches
 
 
McDonnell Douglas F-4E Phantom II
Lock On No. 8
by Francois Verlinden & Willy Peeters
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  • Paperback: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Verlinden Publications; 1st edition (April 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9070932202
  • ISBN-13: 978-9070932206
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 8.5 x 0.2 inches
 
 
F.G.R.2 Phantom: No. 92 Squadron, Royal Air Force
Lock On No. 10
by Francois Verlinder
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  • Paperback: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Verlinden Publications (November 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1930607431
  • ISBN-13: 978-1930607439
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 8.8 x 0.2 inches
 
 
The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II
Aerodata International Series No. 14
 ««
  • Paperback: 20 pages
  • Publisher: Visual Art Productions; 1St Edition edition (1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 090546995X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0905469959
 
 
McDonnell F-4 Phantom - Spirit in the Skies
by John Lake & David Donald
«««««
  • Hardcover: 267 pages
  • Publisher: Aerospace Publishing / Airtime Publishing; Enlarged 2nd edition (October 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1880588315
  • ISBN-13: 978-1880588314
  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 9.5 x 0.9 inches
 
 
F-4E Phantom Kunass in IAF Service, Pt. 1
IsraDecal Aircraft in Detail 4
by Ra'anan Weiss and Shlomo Aloni
 
  • Hardcover: 267 pages
  • Publisher: Isra Decal
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9789657220054
  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 9.5 x 0.9 inches
 
The Phantom Story
by Anthony M. Thornborough and Peter E. Davies
 
  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Cassell
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030435712X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0304357123
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.5 x 0.8 inches
 
Combat Legend - F-4 Phantom
Combat Legends Series
by Martin W. Bowman
 
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: The Crowood Press
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840374012
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840374018
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 7.5 x 0.3 inches
 
McDonnell F-4 Phantom, Vol. 1: US Navy and Marine Versions
Plane & Pilot Series
by Gerard Paloque
 

  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Histoire and Collections
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2352501148
  • ISBN-13: 978-2352501145
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 7.8 x 9.2 inches 
 
McDonnell F-4 Phantom, Vol. 2: US Air Force and Export Versions
Plane & Pilot Series
by Gerard Paloque
 
 
  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Casemate Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2352501490
  • ISBN-13: 8-2352501497
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 7.8 x 9.2 inches
 
 


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