1959 McDonnell F4H-1F Phantom II

 

 

Price

$3,950,000

Year

1959

Make

McDonnell Douglas

Model

McDonnell Douglas Jet Fighter/Bomber

Reg #

N815WF

Serial #

150310

TTAF

461

Located In

Redondo Beach,CA


Platinum Fighter Sales
409 N. Pacific Coast Hwy #339
Redondo Beach CA 90277
 
Aircraft Summary
 
World's Only Privately Owned F-4 Phantom Capable of Flight.

Airframe:
0 Time since Restoration - Currently 80-85% Completed

Engines:

Engines: to be Overhauled, Upgraded to -15, 3x Engines Currently at Aero Turbine Awaiting Overhaul, 2x Engines in California as Spares
 
Additional Equipment
Ejection Seats: Will be Hot
Martin Baker Mk 7 Seats "0/0"
New Crew Parachutes and Survival Kits
Pyro Charges Available
 
Exterior
Painted - United States Navy - Excellent Condition
 
Remarks
Centerline and Outboard Droptanks
2x Drag Chutes
Restoration: Currently 80-85% Completed
Airframe has Undergone a Complete IRAN per U.S. Navy Standards
Dual Controls Installed in the rear Cockpit
All Components Overhauled to "0 Time" Condition
Aircraft has been Completely Rewired
Fuel System Rebuilt with New Fuel Cells
All Hydraulics Rebuilt with Stainless Steel Lines
All Three Hydraulic Systems Overhauled
2 Pneumatic Systems Overhauled
New Wheels and Brakes

F4H-1F ‘145310’ was delivered to the Navy in 1959 and was the 11th pre-production aircraft built. 1961 was a memorable year for the jet. On 22nd April 1961, it carried a very impressive 22 Mk83 500lb bombs on various hardpoints under the aircraft and dropped them on a range at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. This demonstration was the deciding factor for the United States Air Force to also order the aircraft.

In August 1961, 145310 was one of three F4H-1F Phantom II's used by the U.S. Navy to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of U.S. Naval Aviation. Operation "Sageburner" was sanctioned to set a new low-altitude speed record. On August 28, 1961, BuNo 145307 (sister ship to 145310) set a new low-altitude speed record at an average speed of 902.760 mph over a 3 km course at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The maximum height reached during this record was 125 feet, hence the name "Project Sageburner". The record setting airframe, 145307 is currently in storage at the National Air and Space Museum's Paul Garber facility in Maryland.

Later, during a weapons test, BuNu 145310 had part of the undercarriage door and pylon were burnt by a Sidewinder missile and later that year, the aircraft suffered an engine failure. Thankfully landing safely. BuNu 145310 last saw use in September 1964 when the Navy retired their test aircraft. It had completed 461 hours.

Never demilled, BuNu 145310 has been under restoration to airworthy condition for the past 10 years by Aircraft Restoration Services LLC at the French Valley Airport, CA. It is being offered for sale As Is, Where Is, and Aircraft Restoration Services LLC is prepared to contract to finish the Phantom to airworthy condition.
 

Platinum Fighter Sales
409 N. Pacific Coast Hwy #339
Redondo Beach CA 90277
 
 
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