The mcdonnell douglas f 4 phantom ii is a tandem two seat twin engine all weather long range supersonic jet interceptor and fighter bomber originally developed for the united states navy by mcdonnell aircraft . First they tried an f 104 not enough wing or thrust recalls jack petry a retired us air force colonel when nasa engineers were launching rockets at floridas cape canaveral in the 1960s they needed pilots to fly close enough to film the missiles as they accelerated through mach 1 at . F 4 phantom ii non us operators are the non us nations with air forces that operate or used to operate the mcdonnell douglas f 4 phantom ii the phantom ii entered service with the us military in 1960 and served until 1996 during this time it was the primary interceptor air superiority fighter and fighter bomber with the us navy marines and air force. The phantom f 4 images of war martin w bowman on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers the phantom was developed for the us navy as a long range all weather fighter and first flew in may 1958 it became operational in 1961 the us air force then realized that the navy had an aircraft that was far better than any tactical aircraft in their inventory and ordered 543 f 4c variants. The f 4 phantom ii is a multirole attack fighter bomber developed for use for the us navy and marine corpsit is the product of nearly a decade of development from initial phase testing deployment and radical redesign
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