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The F-4E Phantom II is a dual-seater multirole fighter aircraft. It debuted in Air Combat and has since become one of the series's most prominent aircraft, appearing as the starter aircraft in many titles.

History

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Strangereal

In the Strangereal world, the F-4E was employed as a carrier-based fighter by several militaries, including the Independent States Allied Forces and the Aurelian Navy. Other countries, such as Belka and the Osean Federation, fielded them instead as conventional air force aircraft.

During the Emmeria-Estovakia War, F-4Es were deployed in a limited manner by the Estovakian and Emmerian Air Forces.[1][2] During the Invasion of Gracemeria, an Esotvakian F-4E fired the missile which destroyed the King's Bridge.[1] In the final battle of the war, General Gustav Dvornik's squadron also utilized the aircraft when they fled the Chandelier. However, Dvornik was shot down by Talisman shortly after takeoff.[3]

F-4Es continued to be fielded in the Lighthouse War. A number of F-4Es were operated by the Erusean Air Force, mostly during the opening part of the war. During Operation Sighthound, the Glamrock Squadron utilized the aircraft in efforts to prevent the capture of the super-submarine Alicorn by Osean forces.[4]

Joint Assault universe

Drone F-4Es were used by Martinez Security and the United States Navy for aerial combat practice, and the former had the regular aircraft in their inventory. The Valahia used the F-4E extensively during their attacks against Japan in the opening days of the Valahia Crisis, but retired them shortly thereafter.

Infinity universe

The Phantom saw extremely limited use in the USEA Federation. A few units were seen in action over Tokyo, but most if not all units were shot down by the UNF.

As for the UNF, the F-4E was a very popular aircraft for starters, being one of the most flown aircraft during Operation Eternal Liberation.

Game Analysis

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown

"A large carrier-based fighter, designed as an interceptor. While numerous variants exist, the E-model was the one adopted by the air force. Based on craft designs of its time, it was developed as a fighter with standard missiles, and later reworked to incorporate machineguns—a stable of the E-model—based on feedback from sorties. Nowadays, it is an old-fashioned but classic fighter. It holds a number of flight records that are still impressive today. Adopted by numerous countries around the world, it is one of the best-selling jet fighters. Its global popularity means that it has numerous nicknames in addition to "Phantom II"."
Hangar

How to Unlock

Statistics

F-4E AC7 Statistics

Weapons

Part Slots

BODY: 42
ARMS: 42
MISC: 42

Skins

  1. Osea: Two-tone Air Superiority Grey "Hill scheme" camouflage.
  2. Erusea: Three-tone Green, Brown, and Grey European One camouflage with shark mouth.
  3. Special: Two-tone F-4EJ Marine Blue scheme.
  4. Mage: Osea skin with Mage Squadron markings.
  5. Spare: Osea skin with Spare Squadron markings.
  6. Strider: Osea skin with Strider Squadron markings.

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Ace Combat Infinity

"General purpose, extra large, carrier-based fighter. Though turning performance can be a bit problematic because of the large size of the aircraft, it boasts top class speed performance among the older generation model aircraft, a high level of durability, and has a large amount of space for armaments. Called the "Phantom II", it is the first aircraft shared by three branches of the U.S. Armed Forces: the Navy, Marines, and Air Force."
Hangar
Stats and Prices Lv.1-10
Lv. Cst SP MO ST AA AG DF Price
1 350 F+ F F+ F+ F F+ 0
2 382 E F F+ F+ F E 1,650
3 414 E+ F+ E F+ F+ E 3,440
4 446 D F+ E F+ F+ E+ 6,330
5 478 D+ E E+ E E D 11,690
6 510 D+ E E+ E E D+ 68,750
7 542 D+ E E+ E E+ C 34,650
8 574 C E+ E+ E+ E+ C 79,750
9 606 C E+ D E+ E+ C+ 268,130
10 638 C+ D D E+ D B 484,000
Stats and Prices Lv.11-20
Lv. Cst SP MO ST AA AG DF Price
11 685 B D+ D+ D D B+ 718,080
12 732 B+ C D+ D D+ A 970,200
13 779 A C+ C D+ D+ A 1,320,550
14 826 A+ B C D+ C A+ 1,936,000
15 873 S B+ C+ C C+ S 2,664,200
16 932 S+ B+ C+ C+ C+ S 3,900,600
17 991 S+ A B C+ B S+ 4,955,500
18 1050 S+ A+ B+ B B S+ 5,571,500
19 1109 S+ S A B+ B+ S+ 7,122,500
20 1168 S+ S+ A B+ A S+ 8,981,500


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Weapon Ammo Lv.1-10
Lv. GUN MSL HPAA LAGM UGB
1 458 72 4
2 503 78 6
3 549 84 8
4 594 90 9 7
5 640 96 10 8
6 686 102 12 10
7 732 108 13 11 13
8 778 114 14 12 14
9 824 120 15 13 15
10 871 126 16 14 16
Weapon Ammo Lv.11-20
Lv. GUN MSL HPAA LAGM UGB
11 917 130 17 15 17
12 963 134 18 16 18
13 1009 138 19 17 19
14 1055 142 20 18 20
15 1102 146 22 20 22
16 1144 148 23 21 23
17 1186 150 24 22 24
18 1228 152 25 23 25
19 1270 154 26 24 26
20 1312 156 28 26 28

Part Slots
These are the minimum / maximum part slots this aircraft carried at the respective levels. Part slots could be added until they reach maximum by repeatedly sortieing with the aircraft; see Tuning for more information. A maximum of 7 parts could be equipped at any time, regardless of available slots.

BODY / Max ARMS / Max MISC / Max
Lv.1-5 17 / 38 17 / 38 17 / 38
Lv.6-14 19 / 40 19 / 40 19 / 40
Lv.15-19 20 / 41 20 / 41 20 / 41
Lv.20 21 / 42 21 / 42 21 / 42

Nicknames
Upgrading this aircraft to these levels unlocked the respective nicknames for use at any time.

  • Lv.3: Phantom Rider
  • Lv.10: Phantom Master
  • Lv.15: Vietnam Vet
  • Lv.20: No Plans To Retire

Skins

  • Default: Standard low visibility grey
  • F-4E Normal Skin #01: Vietnam style camouflage with shark mouth nose art
    • Also comes in a grey three color scheme and a three color blue aggressor scheme
  • F-4E "Inferno" Skin: Black body with bright flames, large teeth around the nose, skull emblem on the tail
    • During the beta tests, this skin was available as free DLC.
    • In the full game, this skin was a limited-time drop from May 20 through June 4, 2014, and then available for 40 Special Supply tickets from December 3, 2014 through January 31, 2015.
    • Emblems cannot be applied to the aircraft's tail when using this skin.
  • F-4E "Silber" Skin: Silber Ace camo from Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War. Given for free at Animation-Comic-Game Hong Kong July 2014, and later provided for 200 Skilled Pilot Medals permanently since July 2016
  • F-4E Event Skin #01: Dark green camouflage
  • F-4E "AC" Skin #01: White, red, and purple livery from Air Combat (PS1)
  • F-4E "AC" Skin #02: Black, blue, and purple livery. A variation of F-4E "AC" Skin #01.

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Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy

"A large fighter with a massive payload and superior range making it effective in both air-to-air and air-to-ground combat."
Hangar

How to Unlock

Achieve a certain rank. Costs 8,600 credits.

Statistics

F-4E stats

Weapons

Colors

  • C: 01: Gray camouflage
  • C: 02: 3-tone olive camouflage
  • C: 03: F-4EJ livery
  • C: 04: Slightly darker shade of Color 2
  • C: 05: Pink/purple version of Color 3
  • C: 06: Color 2 with teal shades

Named Pilots

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Ace Combat: Assault Horizon

"General purpose, extra large, carrier-based fighter. Though turning performance can be a bit problematic because of the large size of the aircraft, it boasts top class speed performance among the older generation model aircraft, a high level of durability, and has a large amount of space for armaments. Called the "Phantom II," it is the first aircraft shared by three branches of the U.S. Armed Forces: the Navy, Marines, and Air Force."
Hangar

How to Unlock

Download aircraft. Costs $5.99 (PlayStation Network) or 480MSP (Xbox Marketplace). Unlocked by default in Enhanced Edition. The aircraft can only be used in Free Mission and online modes.

Statistics

  • Speed:
  • Mobility:
  • Stability:
  • Fire Power:
  • Defense:

Weapons

Colors

  • Color 01: Air superiority gray.
  • Color 02: "European One" camouflage.
  • Color 03: "Southeast Asia" camouflage pattern with sharksmouth nose art. Modeled after special Phantoms from the 50th anniversary of the US Air Force in 1997. F-4E 68-0337 and 68-0531 Phantoms (Holloman Air Force Base, tail code HO) painted to commemorate B.Gen Steve Ritchie’s MiG Kills as well as the 50th anniversary of the USAF. This being the 25th anniversary of Ritchie shooting down his fifth and final MiG-21 on the 28th August 1972.

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Ace Combat: Joint Assault

"A large fighter with a massive payload and superior range making it effective in both air-to-air and air-to-ground combat."
Hangar

How to Unlock

Available at the start of the game.

Statistics [5]

  • Speed: 45
  • Air-to-Air: 30
  • Air-to-Ground: 35
  • Mobility: 45
  • Stability: 60
  • Defense: 45

Weapons

  • STDM x72
  • HACM x48 (5,700 credits)
  • LGWM x96 (2,000 credits)
  • HVWM x24 (7,200 credits)
  • QAAM x7
  • NPB x14 (3,000 credits)
  • UGBL x14 (6,000 credits)
  • GPB x13 (11,000 credits)

Colors

  • C01: White body.
  • C02: F-4EJ blue
  • C03: RF-4E camouflage
  • C04: White body with yellow and black wingtips and stabilizer.
  • C05: Black body with yellow stripes. Modeled after special the F-4EJ Kai flown by the JASDF 3rd Air Wing 8th Squadron in 2008 before its retirement from the unit, complete with "2008 FINAL YEAR" side writing.
  • C06: Silber Squadron camouflage.

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Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation

How to Unlock

This plane cannot be unlocked for use by the player.

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Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception

F-4E Phantom II (Aurelia)
"A large fighter with a massive payload and superior range making it effective in both air-to-air and air-to-ground combat."
Hangar

How to Unlock

Available at the start of the game.

Statistics

ACEX Statistics F-4E

Weapons

Skins

  • Aurelia: White body
  • Leasath: F-4EJ livery
  • Special 1: RF-4E livery
  • Special 2: White body with yellow and black wingtips and stabilizer

Named Pilots

  • Manta - Found in Skies of Deception. Spawns if the first two pairs of bombers are destroyed in under two minutes.

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Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War

"A large fighter aircraft known as the "Phantom II." Although its design is outdated, its massive payload and superior range make it effective in both air-to-air and air-to-ground combat."
Hangar

How to Unlock

Complete mission 10: Mayhem on Knight Ace Style. Costs 14,000.

Statistics

  • Speed: 63
  • Mobility: 32
  • Stability: 46
  • Defense: 56
  • Air-to-Air: 25
  • Air-to-Ground: 50

Weapons

Colors

  • Standard: Blue body and white underside
  • Mercenary: Tree-tone green camouflage
  • Soldier: Two-tone marine blue camouflage
  • Knight: Two-tone gray (Hill Gray)
  • Special: Silber Squadron color scheme

Aces

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Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War

"Large fighter aircraft known as the "Phantom II". Although its design is outdated, its massive payload and superior range make it effective in both aerial and ground combat."
Hangar

How to Unlock

Complete campaign mission 3: Open War. Costs 10,500 per plane.

Statistics

  • Speed: 63
  • Mobility: 32
  • Stability: 46
  • Defense: 56
  • Air-to-Air: 25
  • Air-to-Ground: 50

Weapons

Colors

  • OS: Air superiority gray.
  • RZ: Black with red top of the fin
  • YK: Marine blue JASDF body.

Gallery

Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies

"Large carrier-based jet designed to shoot down enemy aircraft and destroy ground targets."
Hangar

How to Unlock

Available at the start of the game.

Statistics

  • Speed: 35
  • Mobility: 35
  • Stability: 35
  • Defense: 55
  • Air-to-Air: 45
  • Air-to-Ground: 35

Weapons

Colors

  • Standard: Blue body and white underside with ISAF markings. Based on FGR.1 (F-4K) livery of British Royal Navy.
  • Erusea: Three-tone green camouflage. Based on German RF-4E reconnaissance units.
  • Special: Yellow body with tiger stripes.

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Ace Combat 2

How to Unlock

Starting aircraft in normal mode.

Statistics

Power: 50
Defense: 30
Mobility: 30
Stability: 70
Climbing Ability: 40
Air-to-Air: 40
Air-to-Ground: 40
Duration of flight: 18 minutes
Absorbability: Light

Gallery

Air Combat

The aircraft is displayed as F-4.

How to Unlock

EASY
Available at the start of the game
Complete mission 4: Night Attack on a Coastal City
NORMAL
Available at the start of the game
Complete mission 4: Night Attack on a Coastal City
HARD
Available at the start of the game

Price

$1,500,000 - original price
$1,350,000 - after first discount
$1,200,000 - after second discount
$900,000 - after third discount

Statistics

  • Defense: 2
  • Power: 3
  • Mobility: 2
  • Offense: 2
  • Stability: 3

Named Pilots

Gallery

Trivia

  • In various games in the series, the F-4E is incorrectly depicted and described as a carrier-based aircraft.
    • Interestingly, Ace Combat 5 corrects this error, but recurs in subsequent games.
  • The ISAF colour scheme in AC04 and the Standard paint scheme in ACZ are based on the color scheme of the Royal Navy Phantom FG1 (F-4K).
  • The Erusean color scheme in AC04 and AC7, Dryade's paint scheme in ACZ, Manta's paint scheme in ACX, Color 2 in ACJA, Estovakia SP colour scheme in AC6 are based on the color scheme of the German RF-4E (reconnaissance variant of F-4E).
  • The Erusean color scheme in AC7 is based on an F-4G Phantom II "Wild Weasel" model kit released by Revell. It is in 1/32 scale and the aircraft has an identical color scheme.
  • The YK color scheme in AC5, Lanze's paint scheme in ACZ, Leasath's paint scheme in ACX, Color 3 in ACJA, and the Special Skin in AC7, is the color scheme of the Japanese F-4EJ Kai.
    • Strangely in Skies of Deception, the paint scheme features Blaze's number 016 on the nose of the aircraft, but only on the right side.
  • A promotional image developed from Assault Horizon was designed for the "Nyutabaru Air Festa" in 2011, featuring an F-4E in the livery of the JASDF 5th Air Wing stationed at Nyutabaru Air Base flying alongside an ASF-X Shinden II. The image was printed on stickers for event attendees to take home.[6] The skin was not made available in the actual game.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Invasion of Gracemeria", Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
  2. Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation Cutscene #02: Realization.
  3. "Chandelier", Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
  4. "Unexpected Visitor", Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown.
  5. Ace Combat: Joint Assault Perfect Guidebook, page 105.
  6. 新田原基地航空祭 戦況報告. Project Nagase. Published on December 7, 2011. Retrieved on November 6, 2016.
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