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F4 Phantom II by yankeedog F4 Phantom II by yankeedog
Like the P-51 Mustang and the F-86 Sabre before it, the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II was an aircraft that changed history. This was a massive machine, two rockets with wings, loaded with a variety of weapons of mass destruction. It was a fighter plane with no equal.

Powered by two General Electric J79-GE-17 turbojets, 11,870 lb.s.t dry, 17,900 lb.s.t. with afterburner with a maximum speed 1430 mph at 36,000 feet (Mach 2.21), 914 mph at sea level (Mach 1.19) and a cruising speed 585 mph. The initial climb rate was 61,400 feet per minute with a service ceiling of 62,250 feet. Combat ceiling was 59,600 feet. The Phantom II had a combat range 595 miles and a maximum range 1885 miles with maximum external fuel. She weighted in at 29,535 pounds empty, 40,562 pounds gross, 38,019 pounds combat weight, 61,651 pounds maximum takeoff weight. The Phantom had a wingspan of 38 feet 5 inches and a wing area of 530 square feet! Length was 63 feet 0 inches with a height of 16 feet 6 inches. Maximum internal fuel in the fuselage tanks was up to 1364 US gallons. An additional 630 gallons of fuel could be carried in internal tanks inside the wings. Maximum external fuel load was 600 US gallons in a centerline tank that could be carried underneath the fuselage plus 370 US gallons in each of two tanks that could be carried underneath the outer under wing pylons, bringing total fuel load to 3334 US gallons! Now the business end, a Phantom could carry a wide variety of armaments that consisted of a single 20-mm M61A1 cannon with 639 rounds in an under nose gondola, plus four AIM-7 Sparrow semi-active radar homing air-to-air missiles in semi-recessed slots in the fuselage belly and two to four AIM-9 Sidewinder infra-red homing air-to-air missiles carried under the wings on the inboard pylons. A total offensive load of up to 16,000 pounds could be carried on the centerline and four under wing hardpoints. That's some some serious muscle and and a massive punch! The Phantom had a crew of two.

This illustration was done with Chris Edmonds [link] who work on this aircraft with the 35th Tactical Fighter Wing at George AFB, California.

Adobe Illustrator CS2, Apple G5 Power Mac, OSX Tiger
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HeritageOz Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
The Tail number is wrong. It should be 72-1482. I crewed the Jet for a few years at Seymor Jhonson AFB, NC.
Check your history, there is only one E model with 482. It was transfered to George AFB in 1999 or early 2000.
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
The illustration was based on this aircraft.
[link]
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factorone33 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008  Professional Photographer
Awesome work man! :#1:

These babies were king of the skies until the F-14s came out.
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thanks! It was always my favorite Jet.
-YD
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SWENSKI Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008
man, this is my favourite fighter plane since I was a kid...
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2008  Professional General Artist
Mine too!
-YD
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SWENSKI Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008
man, this is my favourite fighter plane since I was a kid...
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Sysreli Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2008
I love that plane!
great illustration
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
-YD
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LDLAWRENCE Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
She is a beautiful MiG Killer.
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DrSensey Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Aha. She is a beautiful die in Vietnam :P
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thanks Lane!
-YD
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:iconldlawrence:
LDLAWRENCE Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
No prob! :D
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fireman59 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2008
Nice work as always Don. Looks great
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thanks Ron!
-YD
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fireman59 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2008
Your welcome Don, I always look forward to yur new work.
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thanks again Ron!
-YD
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bear48 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2008  Professional
sweet
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
-YD
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ww2warbird Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2008   Photographer
A classic warbird. One of the few jets I have a soft spot for. The Texas Air Nation Guard was some of the last to retire their Phantoms. They even bested some of the other units with the F-4 while the other units flew newer planes.
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2008  Professional General Artist
One of the all time greats, that's for sure! you can never go wrong with all that power.
-YD
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Mopar Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2008
This is great! You've gotta respect the Phantom, it was THE fighter of it's day, and it HAD to be good if it satisfied both the Navy AND Air Force!

A great tribute to "Ole Smokey"!
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thanks! It was a great aircraft, no doubt about it. Yes, when you can satisfy both the USN and the USAF, that says something.
-YD
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Bryce-Lee Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Awesome! This was my favorite jet growing up. I heard it was a nightmare to work on though. Still a wicked fighter and the bane of Vietnam dog fights, if only they'd built in a gun system so they didn't have to use pods. One of the first jets that proved we still have a high need for cannons and good ol dog fighting. Beautiful machine and a worthy tribute Don.
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irrational1 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2008
only the C&D models had that were mounted as center line pods... the E-model has a built in nose mounted gun... and to be honest... it wasn't a nightmare... i worked on them for 4 years and loved them
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Bryce-Lee Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Right on! I'm an F-16 crew chief and heard a few of the old grizzled guys that actually worked on them complain that they were beasts.
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irrational1 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2008
I posted this story before but you may find it amusing... it's the only bad news story I remember. We had to get the Crew Chief to help pull off the turtle back (the big panel over the internal tanks) Auto-Pilot and WCS could get at the wiring back there behind the equipment bay behind the WSO. That panel has a couple of hundred hexhead nuts in it.

We had it off overnight waiting for parts from Depot and the CC jacked the plane to change a tire. The next day after he let it down the turtle back would not go back on. Jacking the plane with that panel off twisted the airframe. I don't remember what they had to do to get it straight again.

If it wasn't wiring (I remeber rebuilding a connector one night by crawling inside the nose bay behind the extended radar)... repairs were straight forward... though we were always flushing hydraic fluid out of the sensors for that AIMs beneath the engines... hmm... see my notes in my Gallery!
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thanks Viper! I guess any machine can be a nightmare to work on, but you really have to admire the longevity of the F-4, when you consider it was first flown in 1960! The above model, an F-4E had the nose cannon, making it a true fighter. You'll have to hook up with Chris, he can tell you all about it.
-YD
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Bryce-Lee Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
If there's one thing the AF knows how to do its get a few extra decades out of its fighters. Once I thought it about it I did remember they fit the cannon into later models. We do know how to make intimidating war machines don't we?
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2008  Professional General Artist
Absolutely! That's why we rule the sky! :-)
-YD
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irrational1 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008
Thanks so much Don... just for taking the time to do it!

and then there were the Hobo's, the earliest smart bombs... I remember sitting up on the end of the runway testing out the system and locking onto cars driving down the road across the valley at Bit.
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2008  Professional General Artist
You're welcome Chris, I'm glad you like it! It was a fun project and one I always wanted to do, thanks for all the reference and art direction!

That's pretty wild, I'm sure those would clear up a trffic jam!
-YD
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josephcaesarsd Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008
Wow! How long does it usually take for you to do this kind of stuff? great work!
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I worked on this over a couple weeks when ever I had some spare time. Chris was real helpful providing me with reference and critique. I'm guessing there's around 8 to 12 hours involved from start to finish.
-YD
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josephcaesarsd Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2008
I've been practicing on vector softwares and I know how time consuming the work can be. I admire your patience man :-)
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I try to have a couple projects going at the same time so I don't get bored, I just work on each a little bet at a time and sooner or later they all get done. It's as much perseverance as much as patience, I'm a man on a mission.
-YD
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Sampug394 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
SWEET!!! :D

F4s were Damn good, I know that 'Cause my Grandpa flew them & Many Other Fighters over Vietnam, plus He's flown for American-Airlines... :typerhappy:

He also likes Trains as much as I Do... ;)
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thanks and thank your grandfater for his service!
Cool, and a rail fan to boot!
-YD
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Sampug394 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I know, I'm pretty Damn Lucky... :D ;)
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irrational1 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008
yikes... your granpa! really? tell me more... pix in my gallery and scraps of course
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Sampug394 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, He Flew other Planes too, and Did many Landings/Take-offs on Several Carriers... :D
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Lyle462 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008
Sweet piece of work there Don! I was fortunate enought to work on D and E models. Sure miss seeing her flying around.
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thanks Lyle! You'll have to get together with Chris, I'm sure you guys could swap a few stories about working on Phantoms.
-YD
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Lyle462 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2008
Neat! It's always nice to talk Hogs!
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DaveCox Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008
i had sex with one of those once! lol i joke, there used to be one parked near me when i was a kid, i used to ride by it all the time, i always have and always will love these machines!
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2008  Professional General Artist
Your the man! :-) The plane really did have beautiful lines.
-YD
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DaveCox Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2008
yeah man its awesome!
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SeanDouglas Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008
Great work Don. She's an awesome machine.
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thanks Seán! She sure was.
-YD
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