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McDonnell Douglas F-4E Phantom II

McDonnell Douglas F-4E Phantom II

McDonnell initially created the F-4 Phantom II for the US Navy in 1958 to provide defensive “top cover” for the fleet, however, the F-4 went on to serve with the Air Force, Marines, and 15 other nations around the world. It has served as an interceptor, a fighter, a bomber, a close-support attack aircraft, a reconnaissance aircraft, an air defense suppression platform, and as a target drone. As of 2022, four air forces are still flying the Phantom, 64 years after the first F-4 flew.

Like other interceptors of the time, the F-4 was designed around an all-missile armament system with the expectation that air combat would take place at a distance. American pilots learned in the Vietnam War that air-to-air combat quickly degenerated into close-in dogfights, where the Phantom was at a disadvantage because its missiles had to fly a certain distance before they were armed. To make the F-4 more effective in these dogfights, the Air Force had McDonnell Douglas design the F-4E model with a multi-barrel 20mm rotary cannon in the nose.

In addition to the Vietnam War, Phantoms saw combat in the Middle East with the Israeli Air Force, in the wars between Iran and Iraq, and in Operation Desert Storm.

The F-4E Phantom II at Wings served with the US Air Force in several testing projects at Edwards, Wright Patterson, and MacDill AFBs before being transferred to Lowry AFB in 1982 for use as a munitions loading trainer. It is on loan from the National Museum of the US Air Force.

Aircraft specifications:
Wingspan: 38 ft 5 in (11.7 m)
Length: 63 ft (19.2 m)
Maximum speed: Mach 2.23 (1,473 mph; 2,371 km/h)
Maximum weight: 41,500 lb (18,824 kg)
Seats: 2
Engines: two GE J79-GE-17 turbojets
Total thrust: 35,690 lb (with afterburner)

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Upcoming Events

Saturday Apr 27
10:00AM TO 2:00PM
Exploration of Flight (Centennial Airport)

Warbird Invasion

Warbird Invasion
Saturday, Apr 27, 2024 | 10:00AM to 2:00PM

The invasion is about to begin! Join us for a spectacular display of aviation history and see various types of warbirds up close at Wings Over the Rockies Exploration of Flight. Featured aircraft will include the Sonoran Beauty, T-34 Mentor, L-19 Bird Dog, SNJ-5 Texan, TB-30 Socata Epsilon, L-17 Navion, Boeing Stearman and many more! Plus, enjoy live vintage music from Bianca and the Flyboys from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

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Food Truck*: Flavor of Tabasco
*Food is not included with admission.

Saturday Apr 27
11:00AM TO 12:00PM
Air & Space Museum

Speaker Series | Oppenheimer’s Legacy

Speaker Series | Oppenheimer’s Legacy
Saturday, Apr 27, 2024 | 11:00AM to 12:00PM

Join us at the Air & Space Museum to hear from guest speaker Steve Kelly for a Speaker Series titled Oppenheimer’s Legacy: The Development of Nuclear Strategy in the Post-War Period.

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The defeat of the Axis powers in 1945 brought about a mix of optimism and fear as the war-time allies of Russia, Great Britain and the United States became engaged in a world-wide competition known as the Cold War. Central to this competition was the weapon developed by a team of extraordinary scientists led by J. Robert Oppenheimer at the secret lab in Los Alamos, New Mexico. This presentation will look at the development of atomic weapons in both the United States and the Soviet Union in the immediate post-war period and emergence of a new strategy in power politics.

This presentation will take place in the Harrison Ford Theater and is included in museum admission.

Thursday May 2
6:00PM TO 7:00PM
Exploration of Flight (Centennial Airport)

Wings Aerospace Exploration Parent/Family Info Night

Wings Aerospace Exploration Parent/Family Info Night
Thursday, May 2, 2024 | 6:00PM to 7:00PM

Full STEAM Ahead – Immerse Your Student into Aerospace!

Join us for an informational session to learn about Wings Aerospace Exploration (WAE), a hands-on enrichment program for students in grades 6-12 from the team at Wings Over the Rockies™. This meeting will take place at Exploration of Flight at Centennial Airport (13005 Wings Way, Englewood, CO 80112).

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WAE students will have the opportunity to explore the wonders of flight, engage with industry professionals, and gain valuable skills for future careers in aerospace. The program includes building and operating RC airplanes, drones and robotics, as well as coding, rocketry and LOTS of other aviation and space related subjects. Wings Aerospace Exploration is an enrichment program and complements but does not take the place of an accredited educational institution.

Wings is thrilled to announce the expansion of the WAE pathway to the Exploration of Flight campus at Centennial Airport! For this upcoming 2024/2025 school year, WAE – Centennial will be open to high school students (grades 9-12) and focus on two primary pathways – Drone Pilot Course and Private Pilot Course. Each of the pathways will prepare students to become certified by the FAA. Students in the Drone Pilot Pathway will immerse themselves in the attainment of industry certifications and will have support from at least four industry professionals as mentors, flight instructors and career coaches. The Private Pilot Pathway will provide students with the basic skills to prepare them to become Private Pilots, including flight simulators, ground school, airport operations and more.

Questions, please contact:
Program Coordinator – Nedra Hall 303.360.5360 ext 125
NHall@WingsMuseum.org

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