The cost of a new one during its age was 2. The aircraft could perform four tactical air roles: air superiority, interdiction, close air support and fleet defense, as it did in Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Navy fleet defense and entered service in The USAF evaluated it for close air support, interdiction, and counter-air operations and, in , approved a USAF version after it was discovered to be over miles per hour faster than the F Starfighter.
Production deliveries began in November The F-4 was used extensively in the Vietnam War , where its numerous dogfights with North Vietnamese MiG fighters earned it the nickname "the world's leading distributor of MiG parts. In the Beqqa Valley the Phantom shot down 4th generation soviet aircraft piloted by Russians under Syrian markings.
The last Israeli Phantoms were retired in Houma Today. Retrieved: 17 May Retrieved: 27 March Archived from the original on 26 July Retrieved 4 July Retrieved: 25 January Retrieved 14 December National Naval Aviation Museum.
The first USAF Phantoms in Vietnam were F-4Cs from the 43rd Tactical Fighter Squadron arrived in December The Phantoms began to be returned to the USAF in No. 6 Squadron ceased operating the aircraft on 4 October
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