Aka; The Rhino, “Double Ugly”, Ol’Smokey, “Lead Sled”and the “St Louis Slugger”are all nicknames given to one of the most famous fighters of all time.
In recognition of its impressive history in air superiority and its high number of credited kills, the Phantom earned the title of “The Worlds Largest Distributor of MiG Parts”to the United States Air Force.
The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom is a long range supersonic interceptor/fighter-bomber and reconnaissance aircraft. Ol’Smokey entered service in mid-1960s as a USN carrier based fighter. Due to its inherent design adaptability and multi role combat potential, the Phantom soon saw service with the USAF as well as the USMC.
The F-4 also holds the distinctive honor of being the only aircraft to be used simultaneously by the USN Blue Angels and USAF Thunderbirds demonstration squadrons. Over the course of its history, the F-4 was operated by a multitude of nations around the world including; Australia, Israel, Egypt, Germany, The United Kingdom, Greece, Japan, Spain, South Korea and Turkey.
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