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Model Airplane News Cover for April, 1963
Well Dressed Fighter Pilot
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Here is what the blurb about the cover has to say:
"...What the well-dressed Naval Aviation test pilot is wearing this year - Lt Walter S. Smith of the Weapons Systems Test, NATC, stationed at Patuxent River, Maryland, adjusts his flight gear just prior to testing McDonnell's latest carrier fighter the F4H, holder of the present world speed record..."
About the F4H
The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom is a tandem two-seat, twin-engined, all-weather, long-range supersonic jet interceptor fighter/fighter-bomber originally developed for the U.S. Navy by McDonnell Aircraft. Proving highly adaptable, it became a major part of the air wings of the United States Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force. It was used extensively by all three of these services during the Vietnam War.
First entering service in 1960, it served until the 1980s. The Phantom was also operated by the armed forces of 11 other nations. Israeli Phantoms saw extensive combat in several Arab–Israeli conflicts, while Iran used its large fleet of Phantoms in the Iran–Iraq War. Phantoms remain in front line service with seven countries, and in use as an unmanned target in the U.S. Air Force.
McDonnell F4 "Phantom"
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Besides putting it on the cover of Model Airplane News, the Navy showed off their new fighter with a series of record-breaking flights:
All in all, the Phantom set 16 world records. With the exception of Skyburner, all records were achieved in unmodified production aircraft. Five of the speed records remained unbeaten until 1975.
Here is a video showing flight operations with the F4:
Click here for more information about the McDonnell F4 "Phantom"
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