Deployed to headquarters! F4 plane awaits its visitors


Gökmen Aerospace Training Center (GUHEM), which was established in Bursa to create excitement and awareness in space and aviation, hosts the “RF-4 E Phantom II” reconnaissance and bomber aircraft, which has achieved many successes for many years under the Ministry of National Defense.

The 20-meter-long and 15-ton aircraft, which took part in many operations from 1993 to 2007, was brought to GUHEM from Eskişehir. The installation of the aircraft was completed in 8 days by the personnel of the 1st Air Maintenance Factories Directorate.

The fighter plane with tail number “69-7489”, which was placed in the garden of the center under the control of a specialist special team, was presented to the visit of aviation enthusiasts.

GUHEM General Manager Halit Mirahmetoğlu told Anadolu Agency (AA) that the center, which was established under the leadership of the Bursa Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in cooperation with the Ministry of Industry and Technology, the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK), and Bursa Metropolitan Municipality, aims to provide its visitors with different experiences.

Mirahmetoğlu, who gave information about the reconnaissance and bomber aircraft whose installation was completed at the center, said, “The RF-4 E Phantom II was produced in 1969. This aircraft was brought to our center as a commemorative aircraft. The aircraft joined our army in 1993. It served successfully for a long time and was in service until 2007. He was retired after continuing. We have now moved our plane to our headquarters.” said.

Noting that the plane will attract attention with its gigantic structure, Mirahmetoğlu continued as follows:

“Our aircraft, which started its duty at the 7th Main Jet Base Command in Malatya and has served our army for a long time, will now be an important tool to make our children and youth love aviation. The aircraft will now greet everyone from GUHEM with its gigantic structure. It has a very beautiful view. “Those who know F4 know that this plane’s nickname is ‘dad’. Dad is an airplane, it appears here in all its glory. It’s a two-seater plane. It was mostly used for reconnaissance and bombardment purposes.”

With an empty weight of approximately 15 and a loaded weight of approximately 27 tons, the aircraft is 19.2 in length, 11.7 in width and 5 meters in height. Designed or adapted for aerial reconnaissance, the aircraft with 2 engines can collect images and electronic intelligence, as well as measure intelligence.