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The F-4 Phantom is often regarded as the deadliest fighter in Vietnam. This tandem two-seat, twin-engine, all-weather, long-range supersonic jet interceptor and fighter-bomber became one of the Vietnam War's most recognizable and feared planes.
The Phantom first entered service in 1961 with the Navy. After proving to be highly adaptable, it was also flown by the Marine Corps and the United States Air Force. Everyone wanted to fly this jet capable of Mach 2.2 speeds.
During its four decades of active service in the United States' three air arms, the aircraft set 16 world performance records. It downed more adversaries than any other US fighter in the Vietnam War.
Eventually, the Phantom entered service with 15 other militaries across the world. Some of those F-4's still fly today.
An iconic US fighter of the Vietnam War era, there is no doubt why the F-4 Phantom became one of the most feared aircraft of its time.