USN F-4 Phantom II

These photos were taken by Tim Vickridge

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Photos directly below were taken aboard USS Midway in the mid '80s

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

The 26 photos directly below were taken by Tim Vickridge

Head-on!  Big nose... Overall of NF/216. Overall of NF/102.  Again note the raised aerial refueling probe.  Also, this aircraft must have been undergoing engine maintenance recently as the FOD covers are installed.  Note the wing slats are deployed.  This
is not common on any US Phantom on the ground.
Overall of NF/115.  Of note is the raised aerial refueling probe.  Note also the wing slat overhang, visible along the leading edge of the


Left engine intake. Big vacuum cleaner.  This is the left engine intake in detail.  The perforated slab in front of the intake is the moving portion.  At high speeds, this slab pivots along the hinges (visible on its leading edge) to limit the airflow into the intake. Nose landing gear, from the left, showing the interior of the aft nose
wheel well door.
Another overall of NF/216.



Nose landing gear, from the left.  Note also the extended integrated
boarding ladder on the right half of the picture.
Left main landing gear, viewed from the outboard side. A seldom seen (on the ground) feature of the Phantom wing - the
spoilers.  This is the right outboard unit (there are two per wing).  Phantom ailerons do not raise much past the neutral state.  The aircraft uses spoilers on the wing tops to kill lift.
Left speed brake, under the wing.  Note the aircraft is being worked onand that the speed brake actuator is not attached to the speed brake. While they typically do sag open on the ground, they don't normally ever open this far.


Left outer wing panel (folded up).  Note the two actuator fairings and
the four pivot points.  Few models of the F-4 have the two actuator fairings molded correctly.
Rear overall of NF/114.  Note the drooped ailerons and raised flaps, typical of the F-4 at rest. Left J79-10B detail.  Note three levels of irises.  This is the typical state the irises sag to after the aircraft has been shut down.  If you look closely, you can tell that the lower irises are opened more than
the upper, giving the whole exhaust a canted-down look.
The business end of a pair of J79-10B turbojet engines.  You don't
want to be standing here while they are running.  Also, note the more typical sag of the speed brakes under the wings and that the left one is lower than the right one.  IPMS judges, note that they do not need to be
open the same amount...


Tail of NF/201.  Note the patchwork paint on the fuselage.  Also note
the mashed tail slots on the horizontal stabilator.
Right wing, from the front.  Most notable here is the view of the closed wing slat.  Note the overhang on the leading edge of the wing.  This is present on USN slats.  The USAF slats are flush (with no overhang) when they close. Underside view.  Note the centerline tank is the original F-4 Phantom
style 600 gallon tank.  The F-15 style tanks were never fitted to the USN
or USMC aircraft.
Overall of NF/212.


Overall of NF/212. Right side of the nose. Nose landing gear, from the right.  Note the locations of the landing/taxi light and the approach lights on the front door. Front office, viewed from the right.  Note how the canopy frame keeps relatively clean while the aircraft side (where the crew climb over it) gets filthy.


Right nose with the aerial refueling probe extended.  Note the  location this probe extends from.  This is why Navy Phantoms have no right console in the rear cockpit. Another overall of NF/216.  Note the Whale on the left side of the picture.