F-4G Wild Weasels are modified F-4E fighters with their cannon replaced by AN/APR-47 electronic warfare equipment. Their mission is to attack enemy air defenses, including surface-to-air missile air defense radars. One hundred sixteen F-4Es were rebuilt as F-4Gs for this special purpose. The F-4G, carrying AGM-88A/B/C High Speed Anti-Radiation Missiles (HARM), worked in concert with other F-4Gs or as a hunter aircraft directing fighter-bombers, such as the F-16, against SAM sites. The F-4G carried a pilot and a second crew member, an Electronic Warfare Officer (EWO), who navigated, assisted with communications, and coordinated the attack on the SAM sites. The first F-4G Wild Weasel flew on Dec. 6, 1975.
Initially, the USAF converted 36 F-4Cs to the "Wild Weasel IV," incorporating the ER-142/ALR-53 receiver becoming the EF-4C. An externally mounted AN/ALQ-119 ECM pod along with a pair of AGM-45 "Shrike" missiles allowed the EF-4C to attack SAM sites with limited success starting in 1969. Four F-4Ds were used as Wild Weasel IV/V test aircraft for the AN/ANS-107 Radar Homing and Warning System (RHAWS) and the APS-38 warning and attack system. An initial batch of 116 F-4Es were converted to Wild Weasel V configuration starting in 1976. Finally, a batch of 18 more F-4Es were converted for the Wild Weasel mission in 1987-88.
Last active version of the F-4 Phantom to serve in US Forces. Color Scheme is for early 1990's.
Armament: Various combinations of AGM-45 Shrike, AGM-88 HARM and AGM-65 Maverick missiles; also AIM-7F Sparrows and/or AIM-9L Sidewinder air-to-air missiles for self-protection;
Engines: Two General Electric J79-GE-17A of 17,900 lbs. thrust each with afterburner;
Maximum speed: 1,430 mph;
Cruising speed: 571 mph;
Range: 1,978 statute miles;
Ceiling: 59,000 ft.;
Span: 38 ft. 7.5 in.;
Length: 63 ft. 0 in.;
Height: 16 ft. 5.5 in.;
Weight: 61,795 lbs. maximum.
Info courtesy National Museum Of The US Air Force
About this creation
Belly view showing centerline F-15-style external fuel tank and two AGM-65 Maverick missiles on the inner weapons pylons.
Closeup of the AGM-65 Maverick on the left inner weapons pylon.
Left side profile showing the outline of the aircraft with both canopies open, landing gear down, and flaps down.
Closeup of the nose with the radome closed, showing the conversion done to the former gun pod under the nose for the "Wild Weasel" defense suppression mission. The black radome on the tip of the pod is a radar warning receiver used to "ferret out" enemy radar tracking sites.
Same view of the nose but with the radar hinged open for access to the aircraft's air intercept radar dish.
Rear view with the flaps lowered and spoilerons deployed.
Upper left view, the red area on the upper rear left of the port engine is the Ram Air Turbine (RAT), in its deployed position. In the event of loss of one or both generators, this is deployed into the airstream and a small fan blade will produce emergency electrical power for the aircraft's systems.
Another view showing the flight control surfaces, open cockpits, and deployed RAT.
Closeup of the centerline F-15 fuel tank and main landing gear. All the gear retract into the aircraft cleanly, with the nose gear having two doors that close over it and the main gear having 3 doors each.
Model features dual opening canopies with detailed cockpits, opening radome, functional landing gear with multi-piece doors, positionable flaps, spoilers, and airbrakes, positionable tailhook, all-moving tailplanes, positionable RAT (Ram Air Turbine), and folding wingtips. Model also features F-15 style centerline drop tank.