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McDonnell Douglas YF-4E Phantom II CCV (Control Configured Vehicle)
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This particular F-4 Phantom served as a prototype for the RF-4C reconnaissance version and later the F-4E fighter-bomber variant. It also was the test bed for such advanced ideas as F-4 leading edge slats and the "Fly-By-Wire" concept (electrical rather than mechanical interconnections between pilot and control surfaces). A final modification added distinctive wing-like canard surfaces to examine the Precision Aircraft Control Technology configuration for mission and performance improvements.
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This is a modification of my RF-4C model, mostly with the addition of the canard control surfaces on the upper forward edge of the intakes. These are fully poseable, as are the rest of the control surfaces including the flaps, spoilerons, and all moving tailplanes. Like my other Phantoms, the landing gear are fully functioning, the cockpits are minifigure scaled and detailed, the radome opens and includes a radar antenna, the RAT (Ram Air Turbine) is positionable, and the tailhook can be lowered. The unusually long pitot on the model's nose is part of the test equipment the real aircraft featured during the CCV test program.
















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 I like it 
  February 7, 2014
Nice work. I like the paint scheme.
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  February 7, 2014
Quoting clayton Marchetti Very interesting aircraft , I've always loved the testbed aircraft . You remember the F-15 eagle they modified with thrust vectoring engines for the F-22 raptor that was awesome. Again you really go all out detailing these aircraft .
There were two versions of that F-15 program, the F-15 ACTIVE and F-15 STOVL, both using the same F-15B airframe. Neither were connected to the F-22 program, nor were they ever intended as modifications to the current F-15s. NASA used both for advanced control studies, much as the CCV Phantom I modeled had been. The capabilities of both F-15 programs (using modified F/A-18 Hornet tailplanes as canards and thrust vectoring engines) was very impressive, but to utilize would have required a complete structural redesign of the aircraft due to the new loads the expanded flight envelope placed on it. However, from a ground up standpoint (such as the F-15D realistically is) a thrust vectoring, fly by wire, canard and AESA radar equipped F-15 would be highly comparable to other late 4th gen fighters, and offer a considerable alternative to the F-35 for far less cost. But that is assuming common sense takes over, and not lobbyist money (of which Lockheed Martin is the biggest guilty party) and political pork bellying making the decisions. The only reason the F-35 hasn't been canceled is Lockheed has bought so many politicians' careers with it, and has so many districts making this part or that assembly that pretty much every member of congress has a vested interest in keeping it going. From a warfighting standpoint the thing is junk. It can't meet it's original design requirements, can't fly in anything but clear skies, can't use its afterburner without damaging the skin, is forbidden from any flight profile but basic cruise (no maneuvering),has no operational weapons software to date, is incapable of landing on a carrier (no successful carrier cable trap to date, needs major redesign to fix), the exhaust is too hot for the ablative ship coatings for the USMC version, the remote cueing helmet has major issues and causes nausea, the engine is too big for any existing COD (carrier onboard delivery) aircraft to carry, and tbe cost has skyrocketed per aircraft. All this for a nominally stealthy aircraft (mostly from head on, and stealth has been largely negated in recent years with the advent of long range computer automated visual acquisition systems) that cannot carry but a small amount of ordinance, has limited range and loiter time, and is after a decade still not ready for deployment with active forces (and with its cost will probably suffer the same fate as the F-22, kept away from the front lines and seen as "too costly to risk"). But that's all just my opinion. :D
 I like it 
  February 6, 2014
Very interesting aircraft , I've always loved the testbed aircraft . You remember the F-15 eagle they modified with thrust vectoring engines for the F-22 raptor that was awesome. Again you really go all out detailing these aircraft .
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  February 6, 2014
Great work and great plane! 5/5 8-D
 
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