RF4-Phantom II Historical

RF4-Phantom II Historical (HM1XRG)

Location: Eglin Air Force Base, FL 32542 Okaloosa County
Country: United States of America

N 30° 28.021', W 86° 33.649'

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In the early 1960s, the USAF recognized the need for more tactical reconnaissance aircraft to reinforce the RF-101s then in service. The Air Force chose a modification of the F-4C fighter. The RF-4C development program began in1962, and the first production aircraft made its initial flight on May 18, 1964. A total of 505 RF-4Cs were built for the USAF.
The RF-4C can carry a variety of cameras in three different stations in its nose section. It can take photos at both high and low altitude, day or night. The three basic reconnaissance systems used on this aircraft are: side-looking radar to record terrain on flight path, infra-red detector to locate enemy forces under cover or at night, and forward and side-looking cameras, including scanning lenses for panoramic models. The RF-4C carries no offensive armament, although during the last few years of its service some were fitted with AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles for defense.
This RF-4C S/N 67-0452 saw service with the 460th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing at Tan Son Nhut AB, Vietnam during the Vietnam War. It was last assigned to the 3246th Test Wing at Eglin AFB, and is painted in the paint scheme it had on it during its time in the Advanced Tactical Air Reconnaissance (ATARS) test program.
Manufacturer     McDonnell Douglas Aircraft Corp
    Two — General Electric J79-GE-15 Turbojet engines rated at 17,000 lbs of thrust w/afterburner each
Length     62 ft 10 in
Height     16 ft 6 in
Wingspan     38 ft 5 in
Weight     28,276 lbs Empty / 58,000 lbs Max
Speed     1,384 mph Max / 575 mph Cruise
Range     1,632 miles w/tanks
Ceiling     55,200 ft
Armament     None. Some later were equipped with — Four AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles
This aircraft is on loan from the National Museum of the United States Air Force
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Date Added Tuesday, April 11th, 2017 at 5:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 542158 N 3370618
Decimal Degrees30.46701667, -86.56081667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 28.021', W 86° 33.649'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 28' 1.26" N, 86° 33' 38.94" W
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Area Code(s)850
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100 Museum Dr, Eglin Air Force Base FL 32542, US
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