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.
Join Dark Skies as we explore the world of aviation with cinematic short documentaries featuring the biggest and fastest airplanes ever built, top-secret military projects, and classified missions with hidden untold true stories. Including US, German, and Soviet warplanes, along with aircraft developments that took place during World War I, World War 2, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Cold War, the Gulf War, and special operations mission in between.
As images and footage of actual events are not always available, Dark Skies sometimes utilizes similar historical images and footage for dramatic effect and soundtracks for emotional impact. We do our best to keep it as visually accurate as possible.
All content on Dark Skies is researched, produced, and presented in historical context for educational purposes. We are history enthusiasts and are not always experts in some areas, so please don't hesitate to reach out to us with corrections, additional information, or new ideas.