Watch: The Greatest F-4 Phantom Low Passes In The History
The following footage featuring USAF F-4 and RF-4 Phantom II‘s flying extremely low might be the best video you are going to see in your life on F-4 Phantoms. All you hear throughout the video is the sound of the J79 turbojet of the phantom.
About General Electric J79
The General Electric J79 is an axial-flow turbojet engine built for use in a number of fighter and bomber aircraft. Engines with axial-flow compressors can produce a continuous flow of compressed gas and have the benefit of high efficiency and large mass flow rate, particularly in relation to their size and cross-section. The General Electric J79 engine can produce a maximum thrust of 17,900 lbf with an afterburner and enables the mighty Phantoms you see in the following video to fly at a speed of more than Mach 2.
It is true that the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II is retired a while ago, but it was one of the best fighter aircraft ever built. It has served many other countries like Australia, Germany, Greece, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and many more other than the United States. In the US, the F-4 has served the United States Air Force, United States Navy, and also United States Marine Corps. By the time the Phantom was the US Navy’s fastest, highest-flying, and longest range fighter.
Records By The F-4 Phantom II
The F-4 established 16 speed, altitude, and time-to-climb records in its time of service. In 1959, Phantom’s prototype could set a world altitude record at 98,556 feet (30,000 meters). Two years later In 1961, it could set the world speed record at 1,604 mph (2,581 kph) on a 15-mile circuit.
Do you know what keeps this legendary aircraft still in our hearts and for the new aviation fan generations to come? For sure one reason is videos like this. Enjoy the sonic booms and extreme low-level flyings by these RF-4 F-4 phantoms!