The philm “The Fabulous Phantom” was made by McDonnell Douglas to commemorate the manufacture of the 5000th Phabulous Phantom II (F-4E-65-MC serial 77-0290) which rolled out on July 24th 1978. The company would only build another 195 F-4s before shutting down production in 1981. Whether you called it Old Smokey, Double Ugly, Rhino, Snoopy, Phlying Anvil, Phlying Phootlocker, Phlying Brick, Lead Sled, Big Iron Sled, St. Louis Slugger, or World’s Leading Distributor of MiG Parts, the F-4 is one of the most highly regarded military aircraft ever built. Thanks to YouTuber PeriscopeFilm II for uploading this retro shot of Phab Phour goodness.
Over its years in service with the United States Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps, the Phantom spawned an entirely new classification of crew members and maintainers. Phantom Phlyers, Phantom Pherrets, and Phantom Phixers wore the patches and proudly misspelled words beginning with F. They were no doubt envied by many a Phantom Phanatic. Why is the Phantom II so warmly remembered today? You could get a plethora of answers to that question. Which is why we’re asking. What was it about the Phabulous Phantom that made it such a highly-regarded aircraft? Let us hear from you Ageekery Nation!