A United States Navy pilot lost his life when an F-4 Phantom – an aircraft known as the Navy’s fastest, highest flying and longest-range fighter – was taking off from the famous USS Midway.
The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II is a fighter-bomber originally developed for the United States Navy by McDonnell Aircraft. The United States first used the jet extensively in the Vietnam War, where it was the principal air superiority fighter for both the Navy and Air Force. The aircraft achieved 16 world records in speed, altitude, and more. Eventually replaced by the F-14 Tomcat, F-15 Eagle, and F-16, the F-4 finally ceased its service to the United States in 1996. Over 5,000 were built, making the F-4 the most produced American supersonic military aircraft.