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USAF McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II

USAF McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II Book Review

By Rachel E. Veres

Date of Review June 2013 Title USAF McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II
Author Peter Davies Publisher Osprey Publishing
Published 2013 ISBN 9781780966083
Format 64 pages, softbound MSRP (USD) $18.95


Osprey's USAF McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II chronicles how the legendary fighter, originally conceived as a naval interceptor, eventually exhibited incredible versatility during USAF Vietnam War operations.

After a concise introduction, author Peter Davies describes design development, evolution and technical specifications.   Though its bulky dimensions and second cockpit did not imply "fighter" to pilots accustomed to agile aircraft, an impressive demonstration moved Air Force commanders to adopt the F-4.

Subsequent sections summarize aircraft variants and operational history.  Although never intended for aerial combat, F-4Cs – the first USAF version – destroyed 109 nimble, Soviet-built MiGs – earning the title "World's largest distributor of MiG parts".  The author concludes by recapping various countries still operating the Phantom II.

Looking for modeling inspiration?  Nine color profiles offer color schemes.  And 50 historic photographs augment text.  A "further reading" list and index complete Osprey's handy little handbook.


My sincere thanks to Osprey Publishing for this review sample!