Original U.S. Vietnam War McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II Control Stick Grip Assembly
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice Control Stick Grip Assembly for the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II Supersonic Jet Intercepter & Fighter Bomber. The Grip has multiple buttons as well as a selector switch, all of which still work and "click", though we do not know if it is still fully functional. It comes complete with the bottom attachment nut for securing it to the control stick.
It is marked on the bottom left with GRIP ASSY. / (73949) G-60572, which identify it as the correct stick for the F-4 Phantom II. Condition is very good, with the expected wear from storage and service. Ready to add to your Aviation collection!
More on the F-4 Phantom II Aircraft:
The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II is a tandem two-seat, twin-engine, all-weather, long-range supersonic jet interceptor and fighter-bomber originally developed for the United States Navy by McDonnell Aircraft. It first entered service in 1960 with the Navy. Proving highly adaptable, it was also adopted by the United States Marine Corps and the United States Air Force, and by the mid-1960s had become a major part of their air arms.
The Phantom is a large fighter with a top speed of over Mach 2.2. It can carry more than 18,000 pounds (8,400 kg) of weapons on nine external hardpoints, including air-to-air missiles, air-to-ground missiles, and various bombs. The F-4, like other interceptors of its time, was initially designed without an internal cannon. Later models incorporated an M61 Vulcan rotary cannon. Beginning in 1959, it set 15 world records for in-flight performance, including an absolute speed record and an absolute altitude record.
The F-4 was used extensively during the Vietnam War. It served as the principal air superiority fighter for the U.S. Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps and became important in the ground-attack and aerial reconnaissance roles late in the war. During the Vietnam War, one U.S. Air Force pilot, two weapon systems officers (WSOs), one U.S. Navy pilot and one radar intercept officer (RIO) became aces by achieving five aerial kills against enemy fighter aircraft. The F-4 continued to form a major part of U.S. military air power throughout the 1970s and 1980s, being gradually replaced by more modern aircraft such as the F-15 Eagle and F-16 Fighting Falcon in the U.S. Air Force, the F-14 Tomcat in the U.S. Navy, and the F/A-18 Hornet in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps.
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