McDonnell-Douglas/BAC F-4K/M Phantom II
They've delivered it upside down! - Anon RN Admiral.
One of the most famous aircraft of all time, the UK's purchase of the type was
a demonstration of the failures of successive governments' procurement policies. Heavily
modified to use British engines, the end result was a Phantom that performed poorly
in many ways compared to the off-the-shelf versions later bought to augment the UK force.
Jack of all trades but arguably master of none, it was nonetheless a highly capable type and
filled a significant gap in the RAF's line-up.
Read on for the history of the Phantom.