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General Background

The F-4 Phantom II first entered US Military service in 1960. It was designed as a fleet defense fighter for the US Navy but by 1963 it was adopted as the US Air Force primary fighter-bomber. Despite the size and weight of this Cold War icon the F-4 broke 15 world records and continued to hold five of them until 1975.

Produced from 1960 to 1981 there were 5,195 Phantom IIs manufactured. Eleven countries other than the USA had the Phantom II in their inventory.

The Aircraft

In 1976 Luftwaffe Jagdgeschwader 71 (Fighter Wing 71) "Richthofen", based at Wittmund tested new camouflage schemes for their Phantom interceptor aircraft. One such scheme was a blue-grey pattern applied to F-4E, serial 37+51. This experimental scheme was known as "Wolkenmaus" (cloud mouse).

HA19030 F-4F “Experimental Schema Wolkenmaus” 37+51, JG 71 “Richthofen”, Germany

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