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F-4 Phantom II
 
Latest update: July 2017

Company: McDonnell Douglas
 
 
Abbr.: Order and inventory status information: Abbr.: Order and inventory status information:
       
Order. No. of aircraft ordered. WFU No. of aircraft Withdrawn From Use.
Opt. No. of aircraft options. Sold No. of aircraft sold to another country.
Opp. No. of possible aircraft sales. Oth. D. No. of aircraft bought from another country.
Canc. No. of aircraft ordered cancelled. LS↓ No. of aircraft leased from another country.
Del. No. of aircraft delivered. LS ↑ No. of aircraft leased to another country.
On Or. No. of aircraft to be delivered. Act. No. of aircraft operational.
W/O No. of aircraft Written Off (crashed).    
       
Lease: When the no. of aircraft LS↓ and LS ↑ are equal the leased aircraft have been returned to the owner.
 
Order and production overview - aircraft totals
 
Country Aircraft Order. Opt. Opp. Del. On Or. W/O WFU Sold Oth.D. LS↓ LS ↑ Act.
Australia F-4E         0         24 24 0
Egypt F-4E         0   37   37     0
Germany F-4E 10     10 0 3 7         0
  RF-4E 88     88 0 14 1 73       0
  F-4F 175     175 0 26 149         0
Greece F-4E 32     32 0 21 28   28     11
  F-4E (AUP) 24     24 0 2           22
  RF-4E 8     8 0 5 30   27     0
Iran F-4D 30     30 0   1         29
  F-4E 173     173 0       3     176
  RF-4E 17     17 0             17
Israel F-4E 188     188 0       2     190
  RF-4E 12     12 0             12
Japan F-4EJ 36     36 0 16 12         8
  F-4EJ Kai 90     90 0 6 36         48
  RF-4E 1     1 0 1           0
  RF-4E Kai 13     13 0 1 4         8
  RF-4EJ 7     7 0   7         0
  RF-4EJ Kai 8     8 0   3         5
South Korea RF-4C         0 2 17   19     0
  F-4D         0 9 71   80     0
  F-4E 37     37 0 8 54   57     32
Spain F-4C         0 7 33   40     0
  RF-4C         0   18   18     0
Turkey F-4E 83     83 0 36 81   39     5
  F-4E/TM 15     15 0   15         0
  F-4E-2020 7     7 0 6 5   38     34
  RF-4E         0 8 39   47     0
  RF-4E/TM         0 1 6   7     0
United Kingdom F-4D 1     1 0   1         0
  Phantom F-4J(UK) 16     16 0 2 13         1
  Phantom FG1 50     50 0 13 37         0
  Phantom FGR2 117     117 0 34 83         0
United States F-4A 43     43 0 13 28         2
  F-4B 400     400 0 325 71 1       3
  EF-4B 1     1 0   1         0
  F-4C 576     576 0 247 288 38       3
  NF-4C 6     6 0   6         0
  RF-4C 430     430 0 168 225 37       0
  F-4D 788     788 0 268 437 79       4
  NF-4D 3     3 0   3         0
  F-4E 529     529 0 155 152 203   2 2 19
  NF-4E 8     8 0   8         0
  F-4G 38     38 0 21 16     7 7 1
  F-4J 269     269 0 203 64         2
  EF-4J 2     2 0   2         0
  F-4N 163     163 0 33 129         1
  F-4S 201     201 0 10 190         1
  NRF-4C 5     5 0   5         0
  QF-4B 20     20 0 11 9         0
  QF-4E 150     150 0 134           16
  QF-4G 97     97 0 96 1     15 15 0
  QF-4N 61     61 0 7 54         0
  QF-4S 34     34 0 2 32         0
  QRF-4C 70     70 0 65 5         0
  RF-4B 46     46 0 20 26         0
  TF-4A 4     4 0   4         0
  YF-4C 1     1 0 1           0
  YF-4E 2     2 0 1 1         0
  YF-4J 3     3 0   3         0
Unknown   1     1 0             1
Total   5.189     5.189 0 2.001 2.548 431 442 48 48 651
 
Comment(s):

Please note the reports for the Phantom are being reviewed. Especially for: Iran, Israel, Turkey and the United States.

The F-4 Phantom IIs were manufactured by McDonnell Douglas and in licensed prodution by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) in Japan for the Japanese Air Self Defense Force (JASDF). The first JSDAF were build by McDonnell Douglas at its production plant in St. Louis, Missouri. In St. Louis 5.068 were build with the last Phantom II (a F-4E with c/n 5.068) being delivered to the South Korean Air Force.

Production line No. F-4
MCD 5.068
MHI 128
Total 5.196

Australia:

Leaased 24 F-4Es from the USAF. These were later converted to F-4G with the aircraft not written off converted to the QF-4G.

Egypt:

Received at least 37 F-4Es from the USAF.

Germany:

The German Air Force operated 273 Phantoms: 10 F-4Es, 88 RF-4Es (the surviving aircraft were sold to both Greece and Turkey after being withdrawn from service) and 175 F-4Fs. Of the later a number of aircraft were upgraded to ICE (Improved Combat Efficiency variant).

Greece:

The Greek Air Force purchased 56 F-4Es and 8 RF-4Es. At least 24 of the original F-4Es have been upgraded (F-4E AUP). These were followed by 28 former USAF F-4Es delivered in two batches (10 and 18) and former German Air Force RF-4Es with 27 aircraft delivered.
The RF-4Es have been withdrawn from service in May 2017. It's unknown how many of the F-4E(AUP)s remain operational.

Japan:

The Japanese Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) purchased 155 Phantoms divided into 140 F-4EJs and 15 RF-4EJs. Of the F-4EJs 14 were converted to RF-4E. A modernization program saw the upgrade of 90 F-4EJs to F-4EJ KAI, 13 RF-4E to RF-4E KAI and 8 RF-4EJ to RF-4EJ KAI.

The Phantoms were build by McDonnell Douglas (27 F-4EJ) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (128).

South Korea:

The South Korean Air Force should have purchased 193 Phantom II divided into 19 RF-4Cs, 80 F-4Ds and 57 F-4Es all
received from the USAF and 37 new F-4Es. It's unclear how many F-4Es are still operated today.

Spain:

The Spanish Air Force operated 58 Phantoms divided into 40 F-4Cs and 18 reconnaissance RF-4Cs. All aircraft were delivered by the USAF, the F-4Cs in two batches (36 and 4) and the RF-4Cs in three batches (4, 8 and 6).

United Kingdom:

The Phantoms have been operated by the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy (Fleet Air Arm): F-4K (Phantom FG1: 48). F-4M (Phantom FGR2: 118) and 15 F-4Js supplied by the US Navy designated F-4J(UK).

United States:

The 82nd ATRS operates the last QF-4s. On December 21st, 2016 the final flight and retirement ceremony will take place at Holloman AFB, New Mexico ending USAF Phantom operations.

More information on the: QF-4 Final Flight and Retirement Ceremony (facebook) and twitter: @the53dwing and @Holloman AFB
 
Order and production overview - aircraft detailed
 
Country Aircraft Order. Opt. Opp. Canc. Del. On Or. W/O WFU Sold Oth.D. LS↓ LS ↑ Act.
Australia F-4E           0         24 24 0
Egypt F-4E           0   37   37     0
Germany F-4E 10       10 0 3 7         0
  F-4F 175       175 0 26 149         0
  RF-4E 88       88 0 14 1 73       0
Greece F-4E 32       32 0 21 28   28     11
  F-4E (AUP) 24       24 0 2           22
  RF-4E 8       8 0 5 30   27     0
Iran F-4D 30       30 0   1         29
  F-4E 173       173 0       3     176
  RF-4E 17       17 0             17
Israel F-4E 188       188 0   190   2     0
  RF-4E 12       12 0   12         0
Japan F-4EJ 36       36 0 16 12         8
  F-4EJ Kai 90       90 0 6 36         48
  RF-4E 1       1 0 1           0
  RF-4E Kai 13       13 0 1 4         8
  RF-4EJ 7       7 0   7         0
  RF-4EJ Kai 8       8 0   3         5
South Korea RF-4C           0 2 17   19     0
  F-4D           0 9 71   80     0
  F-4E 37       37 0 8 54   57     32
Spain F-4C           0 7 33   40     0
  RF-4C           0   18   18     0
Turkey F-4E 83       83 0 36 81   39     5
  F-4E/TM 15       15 0   15         0
  F-4E-2020 7       7 0 6 5   38     34
  RF-4E           0 8 39   47     0
  RF-4E/TM           0 1 6   7     0
UK F-4D 1       1 0   1         0
  Phantom F-4J(UK) 16       16 0 2 14         0
  Phantom FG1 50       50 0 13 37         0
  Phantom FGR2 117       117 0 34 83         0
USA EF-4B 1       1 0   1         0
  EF-4J 2       2 0   2         0
  F-4A 43       43 0 13 30         0
  F-4B 400       400 0 325 74 1       0
  F-4C 576       576 0 247 291 38       0
  RF-4C 430       430 0 168 225 37       0
  F-4D 788       788 0 268 441 79       0
  F-4E 529       529 0 155 171 203   2 2 0
  F-4G 38       38 0 21 17     7 7 0
  F-4J 269       269 0 203 66         0
  F-4N 163       163 0 33 130         0
  F-4S 201       201 0 10 191         0
  NF-4C 6       6 0   6         0
  NF-4D 3       3 0   3         0
  NF-4E 8       8 0   8         0
  NRF-4C 5       5 0   5         0
  QF-4B 20       20 0 11 9         0
  QF-4E 150       150 0 135 15         0
  QF-4G 97       97 0 96 1     15 15 0
  QF-4N 61       61 0 7 54         0
  QF-4S 34       34 0 2 32         0
  QRF-4C 70       70 0 65 5         0
  RF-4B 46       46 0 20 26         0
  TF-4A 4       4 0   4         0
  YF-4C 1       1 0 1           0
  YF-4E 2       2 0 1 1         0
  YF-4J 3       3 0   3         0
Unknown (leeg) 1       1 0   1         0
Total   5.189       5.189 0 2.002 2.803 431 442 48 48 395
 
Photo gallery
 
German Air Force F-4F Greek Air Force F-4E Turkish Air Force F-4E
     
 
JASDF F-4E KAI JASDF RF-4E KAI  
 
Phantom Farewell F-4Fs
 
     
Last visit to The Netherlands. Volkel during Luchtmachtdagen 2013. Color scheme used by the German Air Force in the past. Color scheme used by the German Air Force in the past.
 
Phantoms in special color schemes  
 
   
German Air Force WTD 61 (Test wing) at Wittmund Phantom Farewell.  Greek Air Force RF-4E departing
RIAT 2005.
Japanese Air Self Defence Force
F-4EJ Kai 8 Hikotai. '2008 final year'.
 
 
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