The Fastest Aircraft of the Vietnam War: The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom (720p)

This educational video is about the F-4 Phantom aircraft which is a relatively large plane with a top speed of over Mach 2.2. It can carry more than 18,000 pounds (8,400 kg) of ordnance on nine external hardpoints, including air-to-air, air-to-ground ordnance, and various or munitions. The F-4, like other interceptors of its time, was designed without an internal cannon, allegedly relying on modern avionics technology, promising first round wins, which didn't occur as hoped. Therefore, at the demand of front line commanders and pilots, a M61 Vulcan rotary cannon was installed for use against the other jets, which evidently had advantages (on paper) but this did not prove to be statistically or strategically important. In short the Phantom was superior in almost every category, and is still regarded as one of the most successful aircraft designs. Beginning in 1959, it set 15 world records for in-flight performance, including an absolute speed record, and an absolute altitude record and held this for many years. It is still used in many air forces throughout the world.

Maximum speed: Mach 2.23 (1,472 mph, 2,370 km/h) at 40,000 ft (12,190 m)
Cruise speed: 506 kn (585 mph, 940 km/h)
Radius: 367 nmi (422 mi, 680 km)
Ferry range: 1,403 nmi (1,615 mi, 2,600 km) w/ 3 external fuel tanks
Service ceiling: 60,000 ft (18,300 m)
Rate of climb: 41,300 ft/min (210 m/s)
Wing loading: 78 lb/ft² (383 kg/m²)
lift-to-drag: 8.58
Thrust/weight: 0.86 at loaded weight, 0.58 at MTOW
Takeoff roll: 4,490 ft (1,370 m) at 53,814 lb (24,410 kg)
Landing roll: 3,680 ft (1,120 m) at 36,831 lb (16,706 kg)

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