RF-4 Phantom

All-weather tactical reconnaissance version for the US Air Force. Equipped similar to RF-4B but with a wider choice of camera fits, including a centerline pod for the gigantic HIAC-1 LOROP (Long Range Oblique Photography) camera, capable of taking high-resolution images of objects 100 miles away. While usually unarmed, RF-4Cs retained the ability to carry a nuclear weapon on the centerline pylon. Additionally, the RF-4Cs of the Alabama, Nevada and RF-4 Fighter Weapons School were modified to carry the AIM-9 Air to Air Missile. These modernized RF-4Cs of the Alabama and Nevada Air National Guard extensively participated in the Gulf War; 503 built.

Specifications

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Span: 38 ft. 5 in. (27 ft. 6 in. folded)
Length: 58 ft. 2 in.
Height: 16 ft. 6 in.
Weight: 58,000 lbs. loaded
Engines: Two General Electric J-79-GE-15s of 17,000 lbs thrust each (with afterburner)
Crew: Two

Performance

Maximum speed: 1,400 mph
Cruising speed: 590 mph
Range: 1,750 miles without aerial refueling
Service ceiling: 59,600 ft.

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