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McDonnell Douglas F-4E/2020 Terminator (73-1046) from the Turkish Air Force
at the Royal Netherlands Air Force Open Days 2014, Gilze-Rijen (the Netherlands)

The McDonnell Douglas F-4 was the main multipurpose aircraft for the US Military for 20 years. The F-4E variant was an improved version of the C/D with an elongated nose and compact radar. These two things made it possible to install a 20mm M61A1 6 barrel 640 round Vulcan gun pod in the nose. The F-4E was the most produced variant with 1387 aircraft being made over its 12 year production period. The "E" also equipped more air forces than any other variant of the Phantom II. In the late 1990s Turkey decided to upgrade the F-4E so it would be able to perform the tasks that would be necessary until all the F-4s could be replaced by the F-35 Lightning II by 2020 or later. Extensive modifications were carried out on these aircraft by Israeli Aircraft Industries with the major upgrades being internal, new wiring, computers, radar and new weapons carrying capabilities. The new upgraded aircraft were named F-4E/2020 "Terminators" and they first entered service on January 27, 2000 with the 111 "Panthers" Filo.
111 Filo is located at Eskişehir in northwest Turkey.