McDonnell Douglas F-4K (FG.1) / F-4M (FGR.2) PHANTOM II

In 1965, due to the cancellation of the Hawker Siddeley P.1154 supersonic V/STOL aircraft, the British Government requested a good number of F-4 Phantom II for the Royal Navy and the RAF. The objective was to have a single aircraft to develop missions such as air defense, low-level strike, close air support and tactical reconnaissance. Two variants were built, the F-4K for the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm and the F-4M for the RAF, both based on the US Navy’s F-4J. The F-4K was designated as Phantom FG.1 and was developed for fighter and ground attack missions. On the other hand, the F-4M was designated as Phantom FGR.2, and would perform fighter, ground attack and reconnaissance missions. Both models had many British components, highlighting the Rolls-Royce Spey engines, type 203 for the FG.1 variant and type 202/204 for the FGR.2 type. The F-4K were operational for the first time within the 892 Naval Air Squadron from the HMS Ark Royal carrier in 1970, and the F-4M entered service in May 1969 within the RAF’s 6 Squadron.

F-4K (FG.1) / F-4M (FGR.2) PHANTOM II gallery and more info

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Country of origin

United States


McDonnell Douglas


Fighter bomber aircraft

Entered service

F-4K: 1968 – F-4M: 1969



Combat weight

26,310 kg

Dimensions (length x wingspan x height)

17.65 x 11.70 x 4.96 meters

Wing area

49.20 m2

Power plant

2 x Rolls-Royce Spey 202/203 turbofans, 55.8 kN dry or 91.2 kN with afterburner (each)

Power, (total)

111.6 kN (59,594 hp) dry – 182.4 kN (97,401 hp) afterburner


Max. Mach 1.65 (2,020 km/h)

Climb rate

13,900 meters per minute

Ceiling, (maximum)

18,300 meters


Max. ferry range: 4,024 km

Combat radius

885 km


F-4K: 1 ventral and 4 underwings hardpoints for 5,000 kg of ordnance
F-4M: 1 x 20mm six barreled M.61A1 gun in centerline pod and 4 underwings hardpoints for 5,000 kg of ordnance


Nuclear type: B-28 – B-43 – B-57 – WE-177
Unguided type: Mk.82 – Mk.84


Type: 68mm SNEB

Air-to-air missiles

Type: AIM-9 Sidewinder – AIM-7 Sparrow – Skyflash

Air-to-surface missiles

Type: AGM-12 Bullpup – Martel


F-4K (FG.1): 52 – F-4M (FGR.2): 118