Painting by Jack Lee. Acrylic on canvas. “Loaded for Bear”. All comments welcome.
This was a difficult plane to work on and no joy to fly either. It had a real bad stall spin and its twin engines left a black smoke trail. But, until the F15 came along it was the best we had during Vietnam war. Missiles didn’t work well during a dog fight, but later versions came equipped with a 20 mm cannon – that helped. The cockpit is not well designed either (see below). Not user friendly.
Update: Every painting I entered at the Silver Dollar Fair won. (Yea) I was told that I almost took best of show, but first in class is great.
McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom Specifications
Wingspan: 38 ft. 4-7/8 in.
Length: 63 ft.
Height: 16 ft. 6 in.
Empty Weight: 29,535 lbs
Gross Weight: 61,651 lbs
Top Speed: 1,485 mph
Service Ceiling: 62,650 ft.
Range: 1,885 miles
Engine/Thrust: Two General Electric J79s/17,900 lbs each
Armament: One M61A1 20-mm cannon; various combinations of AIM-7 Sparrow and AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles
Ordnance: Up to 12,980 lbs of ordnance on four wing pylons