The McDonnell F-4 Phantom II (later designated the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II, with the II often omitted) is a two-seat, all-weather, twin-engine supersonic fighter aircraft, originally designed by McDonnell Aircraft Corporation.
The F-4 first entered service with the U.S. Navy (USN) in 1960, but was later flown by the Air Force (USAF) and the U.S. Marines (USMC), where it became the predominant aircraft type in the 1960s.
Originally planned as a pure air superiority fighter, it was adapted for other roles during its service, such as a fighter-bomber or reconnaissance aircraft. SEAD (Wild Weasel) missions were also flown by F-4s. The introduction of the aircraft into the air forces of a total of eleven other nations, including Germany, resulted in a number of different variants and upgrades for various roles.
The F-4 was used in many conflicts, for example on the US side in the Vietnam War and the Second Gulf War or on the Israeli side in the Middle East conflict.
Although the aircraft has been in service for more than 50 years and was retired from service by the largest user nations (such as the USAF and RAF, Luftwaffe) in 2013, it still remains in active service in some nations.
The Turkish Air Force still has 48 F-4Es in active service. Some aircraft have been combat upgraded over the years. Originally, there were 279 copies, 46 of which were from the Bundeswehr.
On AIRPOWER22, the F-4E of the Turkish Air Force can be viewed in static display.