The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom is a tandem two-seat, twin-engined, all-weather, long-range supersonic jet interceptor fighter/fighter-bomber originally developed for the United States Navy. It first entered service in 1960 with the U.S. Navy. Proving highly adaptable, it was also adopted by the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Air Force, and leased by Australia.

The Phantom is a large fighter with a top speed of over Mach 2.2. It can carry over 18,000 pounds (8,400 kg) of weapons on nine external hardpoints, including air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles, and various bombs. The later F-4 models incorporated a M61 Vulcan rotary cannon.

The aircraft can carry a wide range of missiles and is able to load suitable missiles to the hardpoints. Some of these are animated. You may select which missiles are loaded in Surveyor.  It is set up for carrier operation similar to the FA-18 models.

The pictures show the Australian aircraft under afterburner, and with landing gear extended.

Animated Actions

  • horn sound H key is the Vulcan cannon firing, or trigger setting 1;
  • fire the missiles in sequence, use the B key, or trigger setting 2;
  • flare the aircraft for landing or on takeoff, use the V key, or trigger setting 3;
  • tyre smoke on landing, use trigger setting 4;
  • drag chute deployment on landing, use trigger setting 5;
  • reduce aircraft speed for landing so the wheels lower, use trigger setting number 6;
  • deploy tail hook for carrier landing, use trigger setting number 7;
  • catapult launch, use trigger setting number 8;
  • trapping on landing (instant stop), use trigger setting number 9;
  • bolter – overshoot arrester wires, relaunch – use trigger setting number 12.

A typical sequence of track triggers using DCC control for landing at a normal runways is:

  • place a trigger on the approach track to an airport, trigger 6 to reduce speed and lower wheels;
  • trigger 3 to flare the nose up for landing;
  • trigger 4 at touchdown point for tyre smoke;
  • trigger 5 just after, to deploy drag chute;
  • trigger 3 again to lower flared nose;
  • trigger 9 to stop aircraft further down the runway.

For operation on the Aircraft Carrier Nimitz (a static scenery item) download the Carrier Operaton demo map and session to explore track and trigger layout to launch and retrieve aircraft. It is set up for the FA-18 aircraft. The pictures below show the US Navy Phantom, as used on the Carrier USS Midway.

Phantom F-4 Australia  kuid2:60238:9759:1
Phantom F-4 US Navy  kuid2:60238:9760:1
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Carrier Operations Map  kuid:60238:21084
Carrier Operations Session  kuid:60238:21085