While the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II no longer flies with the US Air Force and US Navy, it is still in service with a handful of nations around the world, including the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force. The F-4E and RF-4E Phantoms operated by Japan are all based at the former Hyakuri Air Base (now Ibaraki Airport) on the eastern Japanese coast, and the airport has become a mecca for Phantom lovers the world over. It has been said that the Phantom is an example of aerodynamics through brute force, but this video shows that it can still be a graceful aircraft, at least in slow motion.


Phun Phantom Phact: Have you ever wondered why the wingtips of the Phantom are angled upward? During development of the fighter in the late 1950s, engineers in the wind tunnel discovered that the wings needed to be given a 5º dihedral, or upward angle, to improve lateral stability. Rather than redesign the entire titanium center section of the Phantom, they gave the wingtips a 12º dihedral for an average of 5º across the wing. The tailplane was given a 23º anhedral, or downward tilt, to improve control during high angles of attack and to keep the tailplane clear of the exhaust.

Via The Paradise of Phantoms on Vimeo; The Aviationist

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