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F-4 Phantoms Low Level, Full Throttle: A Rare Treat of J79 Powered Roar


These Air National Guard F-4 Phantoms provide some thrilling action with their powerful low-level passes.

If you … love the smell of jet fuel in the morning.

And if your morning starts with an alarm sound that’s the roar of a fighter engine at full throttle.

Then this video is for you.

Most videos like this one, which last five minutes, is accompanied by some sort of musical sound track (probably Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone” from “Top Gun.”) And, apparently the original version did have a musical background.

But these F-4 Phantoms of the Reno Air National Guard making dozens of low-level passes at full throttle needed ambient sound. So, the musical sound track was ditched for this version of the video – which captures the F-4s breaking the sound barrier.

For those needing a little historical background, here’s the 411 on the F-4.

The Phantom is a two-seat, twin engine supersonic fighter that was developed my McDonnell Douglas. The F-4 was a fighter/bomber that proved its versatility during the Vietnam War. Originally developed for the Navy, it was so popular that the Air Force and the Marines each adapted a version.

When it first debuted, the F-4 set 15 different world records. The Phantom proved it could arrive quickly and in a bad mood. It could reach Mach 2.2 and could lug more than 18,000 pounds of weapons on nine external hard points.



Written by Wendell Barnhouse

Wendell Barnhouse is a veteran journalist with over 40 years of experience as a writer and an editor. For the last 30 years, he wrote about college sports but he has had an interest and curiosity about aviation since he was in grade school.

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