Luftwaffe F4-F Phantom II

These photos were taken by Jean-Marc Moulin at the "International Airshow" at Kocksijde Airforce Base, in Belguim on July 30, 2000.

Special thanks to Dave Aungst for providing the descriptions for these walkaround photos.

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Overview of the left nose.

Right main landing gear leg, viewed from the inboard side.  Note the
unusual silver strut color.
Left side of the nose landing gear strut.  Again, note the unusual
silver strut color, even though all the add-on accessories are still white.  This gives a real good view of which parts of the nose strut are add-ons and which parts are the actual strut.
Nose wheel well, looking forward and up.

 

Right wing weapons pylon with Sidewinder missile rails.  In the extreme
left of the picture you can see the inboard end of the raised wing slat.
German Phantoms usually park with their wing slats deployed (up) while US Phantoms almost always parked with them down.

Right main wheel well, looking inboard and slightly aft.  The red on
the left side of the picture is the speed brake, slightly drooped open.

Interior of the J79-MTU-17 Turbojet engine.  Note the almost green-ish color of the afterburner inner lining.  J79 engines do not have the white ceramic interiors found on most current jets.  Oxidation of the metal lining produces a green-ish color.  You can duplicate this color of the
inner lining pretty well by painting the interiors in steel metalizer, then
misting a very light coat of European-I Green (34092) over top of it.  The
engine exhaust cone interiors are just sooty metal without the green-ish tint.
Overview of the right side of the tail.  Nothing unusually interesting
here.  Note that the tail hook is not solid against the airframe and leaves
a gap, even though this hook is completely retracted.

 

This, however, is unusually interesting.  This is the main wing flap --
lowered.  It is rare to find the wing flaps down on a US Phantom.  Again,
like the wing slats, the Germans seem to do this as a matter of course.

Inside of the right engine intake.  The item sticking out on the left
side of the picture is the airspeed pitot that controls the angle of the
intake variable geometry ramps.  There is one of these pitots in each
intake.  Note, also, the place where the gray camouflage gives way to the
white duct color.  It roughly lines up with the back of the inner intake ramp. 
The view looking down the nose cannon fairing.  Inside the large
opening, two of the six cannon barrels are visible on the rotary cannon.

The right nose, detailing the angel of attack (AOA) spike.  Some kits
incorrectly mold these on both sides of the nose.  For the F-4E/F/G, they
are only on the right.