The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom was the outstanding aircraft in many of the Western World's air forces during the 1960s and 70s.
It played a key role in the 'Cold War' and saw action in Vietnam.
It first flew in 1958 and went into operation with the US Navy in 1960.
During its long front-line life it flew in the roles of an interceptor, fighter-bomber and reconnaissance aircraft.
Apart from giving a comprehensive overview of the Phantom's history, this book looks particularly at the experiences of the Royal Air Force and Fleet Air Arm when they received a new model designed with a British Rolls-Royce turbofan instead of the original American power-plant.
All was not sweetness and light when the first trials commenced and this book traces its development and progression from being a carrier-based attack aircraft flown by the Fleet Air Arm to the many successful roles it played as a land-based aircraft with the RAF.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 224 pages, 60 mono illustrations
- Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 26/07/2005
- Category: True stories
- ISBN: 9781844152254