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Mc.Donnell Douglas F-4 Phantom 2 - Israel
Serial: 220 Unit: 69 tajeset "The Hammers", IDF/AF Almost ten years after the Yom Kippour War, in 1982, when Israel invaded Lebanon, the 69th Squadron was still equipped with F-4Es. While mainly used for air-to-ground missions - and especially SEAD - in 1982 the Israeli Phantoms were also tasked with combat air patrol duties, and 220, depicted here armed with AIM-7F Sparrows and AIM-9L Sidewinders - was seen on such a duty over Beirut. In fact, IDF/AF F-4Es participated in several air-to-air combats with Syrian fighters, the Israelis claiming one SyAAF MiG-21 shot down by their Phantoms, while Syrians claiming at least three Phantoms shot down by their MiG-23s. Beside F-4Es, the 69th Squadron flew also few RF-4Es in 1982. Aside from AIM-9Ls, Israeli Phantoms were also armed with Rafael Python Mk.III air-to-air missiles in 1982, and Ben-Ami Peri, the pilot that scored the last air-to-air victory for F-4s in Israeli service, should have achieved this success using one such missile.