Lockheed F-4 Lightning

Last revised June 17, 2001

Ninety-nine aircraft originally ordered as P-38Es were completed as F-4-1-LO (Model 222-62-13) unarmed photo reconnaissance aircraft. They were powered by 1150 hp V-1710-21-29 engines and carried four K-17 cameras in a modified nose. In service, these aircraft carried a pair of 150/165 US gallon drop tanks. Most were retained for training and their restricted use status was reflected in their redesignation as RF-4-1-LO. Serial numbers of the F-4-1-LO aircraft were 41-2098/2099, 41-2121/2156, 41-2158/2171, 41-2173/2218, and 41-2220.


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  3. War Planes of the Second World War, Fighters, Volume Four, William Green, Doubleday, 1964.

  4. Famous Fighters of the Second World War, William Green, Doubleday, 1967.

  5. The American Fighter, Enzo Anguluci and Peter Bowers, Orion Books, 1987.

  6. Wings of the Weird and Wonderful, Captain Eric Brown, Airlife, 1985.

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  8. E-mail from Chuck Varney with correction on serial numbers of F-4s.