McDonnell Aircraft Corportion developed the RF-4B variant of the Phantom II to meet a U.S. Marine Corp need for tactical aerial reconnaissance. These aircraft were deployed, during the course of their service life with USMC units VMCJ-1, VMCJ-2, VMCJ-3 and VMFP-3. These units provided valuable aerial reconnaissance following the Cuban Missile Crisis and throughout the Vietnam conflict.
This work covers the development and production of the RF-4B and detailed service histories of each Marine Corp unit during the periods they operated the Phantom. A detailed appendix includes the service life histories for each RF-4B manufacturer - from deliver to final disposition.
Liberally illustrated with drawings and photographs, this historical reference work contains over 100 drawings and 400 color photographs. Everything from detailed cockpit layout drawings to the various paint schemes used by the individual operating units.
The book is laid out in electronic form to allow the reader to take full advantage of technology. Each drawing and photograph are linked to full-screen images to provide maximum detail. The book utilizes standard Adobe(R) PDF format and is readable through any standard PDF reader.
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Lee R. DeHaven is a noted historian of the F-4 Phantom series and has contributed numerous articles and stories about the aircraft to numerous publications including Smoke Trails, the journal of the Phantom Society. This book culminates 10 years of research and writing on the RF-4B.
Co-author Richard Rentrop is a member of the Phantom Society and has provided many of the illustrations in the book.Review:
Lee DeHaven and Richard Rentrop have produced a monumental work covering the development and deployment of the McDonnell Douglas RF-4B Phantom II with the USMC. This extensive work covers the unit histories of Marine Corps squadrons that operated this aircraft. This includes VMCJ-1, VMCJ-3, VMCJ-3 and VMFP-3 and is loaded with first person accounts from the aviators, aircrew and ground personnel associated with the aircraft. From Viet Nam operations to final phase out, the reader gains insight to how the aircraft was deployed and its capabilities to provide valuable tactical reconnaissance information to field commanders. The book includes an appendix providing the aircraft histories for each RF-4B produced and is loaded with photos of most of these aircraft.
For the modeler, the book contains color drawings of all the various unit markings and their evolution. The drawings are complimented by color photographs showing these paint schemes. Also included are drawings from the Plane Capitan s Handbook and other maintenance documents.
This electronic book (eBook) provides interactive navigation, even down to being able to view full screen versions of the photos and drawings incorporated in the text. Using standard PDF format, it is compatible with all popular computer operating systems. --Paul Minert, American Aviation Historical Society
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