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F-4G (Advanced Wild Weasel)

F-4G (Advanced Wild Weasel) Ethics American History Cold War Film Aviation & Space Exploration

This image depicts an F-4 G Wild Weasel.  Click on the image for a much-better view.

Basically an F-4 E whose cannon was replaced with electronic warfare equipment, the F-4 G flew its first mission in 1975 and was retired in 1996.

The McDonnell Douglas website tells us more about this modified aircraft:

F-4G Wild Weasels were modified F-4E fighters with their cannon replaced by AN/APR-47 electronic warfare equipment. Their mission was to attack enemy air defenses, including surface-to-air missile (SAM) air defense radars. One hundred sixteen F-4Es were rebuilt as F-4Gs for this special purpose.

Carrying AGM-88A/B/C High Speed Anti-Radiation Missiles (HARM), the F-4G 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 an Electronic Warfare Officer (EWO), who navigated, assisted with communications and coordinated attacks on the SAM sites. The F-4G Wild Weasel first flew in 1975 and was retired in 1996.


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Image online, courtesy Federation of American Scientists.

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