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McDonnell Douglas C-12C (F-4E)

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The spanish air force was thinking of replacing their F-4C-Fleet with F-4E for some consiberable reasons:

 

- The lack of a gun in combat would often be a problem once all missiles are fired or the enemy got to close to use them

- Using a gunpod under the fuselage would reduce either firepower (due to the lack of one pylon for bombs etc.) or range (same, but for fuel-tank)

 

Carter's administration took the F-4Cs back, converting them into QF-4C Drones for wepaon testing and delivered two entire squadrons of F-4E. The first squadron, the 121st, received their planes in 1979

displaying the SEA camo. The 122nd received their planes six months later, in 1980, featuring the two-tone grey camo.

 

The planes received the designation "C-12C", while the "C" stands for "cañon" - spanish for cannon, referring this way to the chin-mounted gun

 

A C-12C from the 121st taking of...

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...being followed by one of the 122nd

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Let's get 'em boys!

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Designed after this pic

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Thanks Stratos for the pic!

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Great work! The F-4 holds a particular fascination for me* and it's great to see it in different colours and markings.

 

* About 40 years ago I built a model of it and couldn't believe how powerful it looked.

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