McDonnell-Douglas/BAC F-4K/M Phantom II - Links, References & Credits
- F-4 Phantomeers - F-4 Phantom engineers of the RAF.
- Phantom F4K. Fleet Air Arm. Royal Navy is a site dedicated to the RN's use of the F-4 and the lives lost during its decade of naval service.
- Garry Lakin's Phantom Zone has a pile of photos of RAF and overseas Phantoms, plus colour profiles of each UK operator.
- William Daysh's 49ers Reunion Web Site, for RN Aircraft Artificers, includes a good number of piccies of RN Phantoms in action in the galleries.
- Lionel Smith served with the FAA and his home page includes a section on the Ark Royal with a good selection of phabulous Phantom photos.
- Can't forget the F-4 Phantom II Society now, can I?
References - Books
Warpaint No.31 McDonnell Douglas F-4K and F-4M Phantom by Steve Hazell
Published by Hall Park Books, 2000
Lots of pictures (mostly monochrome but a good number in colour), development and service history, scale plans covering the differences on each variant, loads of colour profiles. Highly recommended.
Aeroguide 13 - Phantom by auth
ISBN 0 946958 14 9
Published by Linewrights Ltd., 1986
Aimed at modellers, this slim volume includes a hefty amount of detail pictures, mostly in monochrome, plus camo diagrams. Out of print but occasionally Aeroguides show up as bargain offerings at airshow stalls.
Aircraft Illustrated Special: RAF Phantom by Peter Foster
ISBN 0 7110 1870 7
Published by Ian Allan, 1989
Could be tricky to find this one, but it's well worth seeking out. Briefly covers development, then settles in for a history of the F-4 in RAF service with copious photos, mostly in monochrome but a fair number in glorious colour. Also includes scale plans and individual aircraft histories. Pity it wasn't published a few years later so that the story could have been finished off properly!
Wings of Fame volume 15
ISBN 1 86184 033 0
Published by Aerospace Publishing Ltd., 1999
This volume includes a large article on RAF Phantoms, and is worth picking up for that alone - a good history and selection of colour photos, colour 3-view, cutaway and Squadron breakdown. Wings of Fame volumes can be picked up for less than a fiver at airshow stalls - so keep your eyes peeled for a bargain!
The Phantom Story by Anthony M. Thornborough and Peter E. Davies
Published by Armour Press 1994,1997,2000
While a general history of the F-4, this does include two good chapters on the UK Phantoms and is still worth picking up even if you're not interested in the non-UK stuff. Sadly lacking in colour however, and be aware that the hardback edition may not include the UK chapters.
References - Magazines
- Aircraft Illustrated October 1983: Festive Phantom - centre spread with colour before and after pictures of XT597 in it's 25th anniversary scheme applied for IAT 1983.
- Aircraft Illustrated July 1987: Falklands Phantoms - article on Falklands ops including the F-4s of 23 Squadron.
- Air Forces International 92/1: Wildenrath: The Blue Phantoms (short article on the blue schemes applied to XT899 and XV408 with one big colour picture of each) plus No.74 Squadron, RAF (short article on 74's F-4J(UK)s with some nice colour pictures.
- Air Pictorial July 1973: Shipborne Air Power - an article on the Ark Royal with plenty of pictures both monochrome and colour, including 892 NAS F-4s.
- Air Pictorial December 1978: Ark Royal and after - a farewell article with a good selection of monochrome pictures, including several 892 NAS F-4s (including one showing three 'zapped' by the USN, one with a 'COLONIAL NAVY' title on the fuselage!).
- Take Off no. 9: The Phantom goes Foreign - part 3 of an article on the F-4, covering foreign operators including the RN and RAF. Some nice piccies plus a gorgeous bit of art-work of an RN FG.1 launching.
- Unfortunately most of my magazines are still packed away in boxes after moving house in 2001, so any additional reference suggestions would be welcome!
This section would have been greatly the poorer without contributions from the following - so many thanks to (in
Alan Allen, Allan Barley, Andrew Bates, Des Brennan, Phil Charlton, Kev Darling, Andy Dawson, Eric Dewhurst, Gareth Helliwell, Mick Jennings, Garry Lakin, Bob Lawson, Ron Male, Tom McGhee, Chris McKee, Gary Parsons, Clive Pattle, Martin Pole, Hans Rolink, Mike Sibley, Ian Turner, Andrew Whiteley, Mark Young.
Thanks also to the following organisations:
2214 Sqn ATC, Boeing, f4 Aviation, the Ministry of Defence (RAF) and (RN), Mirror Syndication International, RAF Brampton, RAF Coltishall and RAF Neatishead.