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SPECIFICATIONS F-4J Phantom

Type: Two-seat carrier-based multirole fighter.

Powerplant: Two 17,900-lb.-thrust General Electric J79-GE-10 turbojets with afterburners.

Max speed: Mach 2.25 or 1,500 m.p.h.

Ceiling: 62,000 ft.

Combat radius: 900 mi.

Weights: Empty 29,700 lb.; loaded 54,600 lb.

Weapons: Typically: four AIM-7 Sparrow radar missiles and four AIM-9 Sidewinder infrared missiles. Maximum: up to 3,000 lb. of bombs beneath fuselage and up to 16,000 lb. of bombs under the wings.

Dimensions:

Span 38 ft. 5 in.

Length 58 ft. 5 in.

Height 16 ft. 3 in.

Wing area 530 sq. ft.

MiG-killers of May 10, 1972

THE NAVY TAKES ON THE MiGs:

May 10, 1972, was the Navy Phantom's big day over Vietnam. Flying from the USS Constellation, sister squadrons VF-92 "Silver Kings" and VF-96 "Fighting Falcons" blasted seven MiGs from the skies between them while a VF-51 crew shot down another for the Navy. To make matters worse for the North Vietnamese, Air Force Phantoms accounted for another three MiGs that day.

FIRST KILL OF THE DAY:

Lt. Curt Dose (seen here demonstrating his dogfight) and Lt. James McDevitt from VF-92 scored the first kill of May 10, after blasting their F-4s down the Kep runway to stir up the MiGs.

TWO MiGs IN ONE DAY: RIO Lt.

Thomas Blonski looks on as his pilot. Lt Matt Connelly, relives one of their duels with MiGs on May 10. Two MiGs fell to their AIM-9 Sidewinders that fateful day.

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