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F-4J Blue Angels

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The McDonnell-Douglas F-4 Phantom II entered service in 1960. It was originally developed for the US Navy, but saw service with the Marines, USAF, and a number of air forces throughout the world.

Many versions were made over the years, and production and modification programs continued until 1981 with over 5,000 made in total.

The Phantom II proved itself in the interceptor, ground attack, SEAD, and reconnaisance roles, and it's high power and large weapon carrying capacity were a big step forward from previous aircraft.

The F-4 is armed with 1 x 20mm Vulcan cannon (F-4E) 4 x AIM-7 Sparrow and 4 x AIM-9 Sidewinder short-range missiles, or a mixture of bombs, AMRAAMs, air-to-surface missiles, and British F-4s carried Skyflash also.

It is a testament to the strength of the aircraft that many are still in service round the world today.

This example is an F-4J of the Blue Angels aerobatic team US Navy circa 1970.
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NavJAG's avatar
Phantoms always look good in Blue Angels livery!
BlackHawk00021's avatar
such a beautiful paint job
Leave-Noone-Alive's avatar
Neat!
I didn't know the Blue Angels ever used F-4s
Nice work. FYI, Blue Angel #6 is the opposing solo.
You're welcome! Have you ever seen one of their shows? Even in Hornets it's something to behold.
Claveworks's avatar
No.. it's a bit far away for me...
Ah, well. That's too bad.
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Claveworks's avatar
Thanks Lyle - I had to do a real one after the Sukhoi lol :D
Lyle462's avatar
LOL! You're welcome!
AirshowDave's avatar
What an awesome display the Blues in F-4s, takes me back! =)
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