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Legendary: How Israel Used Its Super-Fast F-4E Phantoms for Reconnaissance

July 10, 2019 Topic: History Region: Middle East Blog Brand: The Buzz Tags: F-4EIsraelPhantomF-4E PhantomSpy PlaneIDF

Legendary: How Israel Used Its Super-Fast F-4E Phantoms for Reconnaissance

What a story.

While in Texas the noses of the aircraft were painted as if they still had black radome in an effort to conceal the modification. According Norton the (S) aircraft were maintained under the strictest security after returning to Israel until 1998. The type may have taken on more of an electronic warfare role late in the 1980s and ’90s, and is known to have had Elta jammers installed (the EL/L-8230 internal unit having been mentioned).

This article by Dario Leone originally appeared on The Aviation Geek Club in 2018.

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