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An echelon of F-4Es from 69 squadron.
(photo, Israeli Air Force)
Kurnass 2000 serial 657 takes on fuel with it's Israeli designed in-flight refuelling probe.
(photo, Israeli Air Force)

McDonnell Douglas F-4E Phantom II ('Kurnass')* Retired *
Forty-four new-build F-4E ordered in 1968 from manufacturer. Delivered from September 1969 under Peace Echo I. Second batch of 24 (6+18) new-build aircraft delivered during 1970 under Peace Echo II & Peace Echo III. Twelve aircraft delivered during 1971 under Peace Patch. Eighteen aircraft delivered 1972-73 under Peace Echo IV. Twenty-four aircraft delivered 1974-1977 under Peace Echo V. Thirty-four ex-USAF F-4E delivered during October 1973 under Nickel Grass. Total of 204 F-4E acquired. Used for fighter-bomber duties. Some fifty-five survivors converted to Kurnass 2000 standard from 1989. Withdrawn from service in November 2003. Hebrew name means Sledgehammer.

[Table of USAF serials, c/ns and IDF/AF serials]

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
001       Kurnass 2000, ex-304, Kurnass 2000, GI Haifa
002       Kurnass 2000, ex-236, Flight Test Centre, stored Ovda
'01' 3492 68-0396    
101       stored Ovda
102       107 sqn, preserved Ovda
'03'       w/o 7 Oct 1973
'04' 3493 68-0397   w/o 17 Nov 1969
106       stored Ovda
107       noted 1980
108 3494 68-0398   stored Hatzerim
109 3631 68-0470   w/o 4 June 1978
110       photo
111 3840 69-0299   stored Hatzerim
112       preserved Ramat David
113       107 sqn, stored Ovda
114        
615 3523 68-0414   w/o 7 Oct 1973
616 3834 69-0294   w/o 18 Oct 1973
116   69-0301?    
618 3524 68-0415   w/o 13 Oct 1973
119       to Kurnass 2000 519
620 3528 68-0416   w/o 17 Oct 1973
621       w/o 7 Oct 1973
122 3529 68-0417   stored Hatzerim
123        
124 3887 69-7224   stored Hatzerim
125 3889 69-7225   stored Ovda
126 3891 69-7227   w/o ? date
127 3890 69-7226   Hatzerim stored
128   68-0545?   w/o 23 June 1972
129 3563 68-0435   w/o 5 July 1970, parts Cairo Museum
131 3908 69-7237   107 sqn, stored Hatzerim
132        
133       stored Ovda
134 3682 68-0499   stored Hatzerim
635 3568 68-0437   w/oi 18 Oct 1973
'36' 3663 68-0487   w/o 2 Apr 1970
139       107 sqn, w/o 22 Jan 1984
640 3605 68-0456   w/o 11 Oct 1973
141 3834 69-0294   stored Hatzerim
142       w/o 20 Oct 1973
143 4035 69-7578   stored Haifa
144       Gate Guard Ramat David
645       w/o 7 Oct 1973
146        
147        
148 4021 69-7569   stored Hatzerim
149 4032 69-7577   stored Hatzerim. c/n 4862?
150   71-0224?   w/o 31 Oct 1975
151   71-0225?   w/o 12 Oct 1973
152 3918 69-7244   stored Hatzerim
153 3915 69-7243   stored Hatzerim
154       w/o 23 June 1972
156 3920 69-7245   Hatzerim Museum
158   69-7247   stored Hatzerim
159 3998 69-7553   stored Hatzerim
160        
661       w/o 7 Oct 1973
161       parts Damascus War Museum
162        
163        
164       noted 1993
165   69-7575   preserved Ovda
167   69-7576   conv to F-4S 49x
168       to Kurnass 2000 568
169       GI Tel Nof Apr 2002
170 4213 71-0227   stored Hatzerim
171 3721 68-0524   stored Hatzerim
172   71-0228   to Kurnass 2000 572
673       w/o 11 Oct 1973
175       to Kurnass 2000 575
176       w/o 15 Oct 1973
177       w/o 7 Oct 1973
178 3744 68-0540   stored Hatzerim
679 3722 68-0525   w/o 11 Oct 1973
179       to Kurnass 2000 579
680       w/o 30 June 1970
181       w/o 9 Oct 1973
682       w/o 7 Oct 1973
183       stored Ovda
184   71-0234   to Kurnass 2000 584
185        
186       to Kurnass 2000 586
187 3751 68-0544   stored Hatzerim
189 4023 71-0235   stored Hatzerim
'90'       w/o 12 Oct 1973
'92'       w/o 7 Oct 1973
193 3837 69-0296   stored Hatzerim
194       w/o 9 Nov 1973
697       w/o 13 Oct 1973
201       107 sqn, stored Ovda
202       presered Hatzor
203       to Kurnass 2000 603
204       to Kurnass 2000 604
205       107 sqn, stored Ovda
206       to Kurnass 2000 606
207 4263 71-1393   stored Ovda
208   71-1090   stored Hatzerim
209 4274 71-1396   stored Ovda
210 4267 71-1093   stored Hatzerim
211       stored Ovda
212       to Kurnass 2000 612
214       to Kurnass 2000 614
215        
216       stored Ovda
217       107 sqn, stored Ovda
218   71-1394   107 sqn, stored Ovda
219        
220       to Kurnass 2000 620
222       w/o 20 Jan 1981
223 4885 74-1027   stored Hatzerim
225 4280 71-1402   stored Hatzerim
226       IAI Lod store
227       wfu Hatzerim Nov 1997
228       to Kurnass 2000 628
229       107 sqn, stored Ovda
230       to Kurnass 2000 630
231 4345 71-1789   w/o 20 Oct 1973
232       to Kurnass 2000 632
234       to Kurnass 2000 636
236   72-1491   to Kurnass 2000 002
237       107 sqn, stored Ovda
238       107 sqn, stored Ovda
239       to Kurnass 2000 639
240       69 sqn, stored Ovda
241       to Kurnass 2000 641
243        
245 4307 71-1781   w/o 8 Oct 1973
247       w/o 8 Oct 1973
249       to Kurnass 2000 649
250       to Kurnass 2000 650
251       to Kurnass 2000 651
253       to Kurnass 2000 653
256       noted 1986
257       to Kurnass 2000 657
259       to Kurnass 2000 659
260        
261 4354 71-1791   stored Hatzerim
262       to Kurnass 2000 662
263       to Kurnass 2000 663
264        
265       107 sqn, w/o 29 Apr 1981
266 4361 71-1792   stored Hatzerim
267       to Kurnass 2000 667
268       to Kurnass 2000 668
269       to Kurnass 2000 669
270        
273       w/o 12 Mar 1979
274       to Kurnass 2000 674
276       to Kurnass 2000 676
277 4505 72-1495   stored Hatzerim
278       to Kurnass 2000 678
279       to Kurnass 2000 679
280       to Kurnass 2000 680, w/o ? date
281       to Kurnass 2000 681
282       to Kurnass 2000 682
283       to Kurnass 2000 683
284       to Kurnass 2000 684
285       to Kurnass 2000 685
286       to Kurnass 2000 686
288   73-1179   to Kurnass 2000 688
289       to Kurnass 2000 689
295 4817 74-1014   stored Hatzerim
297 4822 74-1015   Hatzerim museum
302       to Kurnass 2000 702
303       to Kurnass 2000 703
304       to Kurnass 2000 001
305       w/o 29 Dec 1977
306        
307        
308       to Kurnass 2000 708
309       stored Ovda
310       w/o 29 Dec 1977
311   72-0137   107 sqn, Ovda Store
312       to Kurnass 2000 712
313       107 sqn, stored Ovda
314 4243 71-1074   stored Hatzerim
315       to Kurnass 2000 715
316   72-0133   to Kurnass 2000 716
317 4272 71-1394   stored Hatzerim
318       to Kurnass 2000 718
319       to Kurnass 2000 719
321 3686 68-0502   stored Hatzerim
322       stored Hatzerim
323 3461 68-0380   Hatzerim museum
324        
325        
326 3281 67-0383   Hatzerim museum
327 3203 67-0346   stored Hatzerim
328       107 sqn, stored Hatzerim
330       Ovda store
331 2528 66-0313   GI Holz May 2000
332       stored Hatzerim
333 3250 67-0368   stored Hatzerim
334 2594 66-0327   Kurnass 2000, Paris Air Show 4X-JPA/'229', Hatzerim stored Feb 2006
519       Kurnass 2000, 119 sqn, Ovda store
568       Kurnass 2000, 201 sqn, Ovda store
572       Kurnass 2000, 201 sqn, Ovda store
574       Kurnass 2000, 201 sqn July 1997
575       Kurnass 2000, 201 sqn, Ovda store
578       Kurnass 2000, Hatzerim May 2000
579       Kurnass 2000, 201 sqn, Ovda store
584       Kurnass 2000, 201 Sqn, Ovda store
586       Kurnass 2000, 201 sqn, Ovda store
603       Kurnass 2000, 119 sqn, Ovda store
604       Kurnass 2000, 201 sqn, Ovda store
606       Kurnass 2000, 119 sqn, Ovda store
612       Kurnass 2000, 119 sqn, Ovda store
614       Kurnass 2000, 201 sqn, Hatzerim Museum Feb 2006
620       Kurnass 2000, 119 sqn, Ovda store
628       Kurnass 2000, 201 sqn, Ovda store
630       Kurnass 2000, 119 sqn, Tel Nof May 2005
632       Kurnass 2000, 201 sqn, Ovda store
634       Kurnass 2000, 119 sqn, Ovda store
635       Kurnass 2000, 201 sqn, Ovda store
639       Kurnass 2000, 201 sqn, Ovda store
641       Kurnass 2000, 119 sqn, Ovda store
649       Kurnass 2000, 119 sqn, Ovda store
650       Kurnass 2000, 119 sqn, Ovda store
651       Kurnass 2000, 201 sqn, Ovda store
653       Kurnass 2000, 201 sqn Apr 2002
657       Kurnass 2000, 119 sqn, Ovda store
659       Kurnass 2000, 201 sqn, Ovda store
662       Kurnass 2000, 119 sqn, Ovda store
663       Kurnass 2000, 201 sqn, Ovda store
667       Kurnass 2000, 119 sqn, Ovda store
668       Kurnass 2000, 201 sqn, Ovda store
669       Kurnass 2000, 201 sqn, Ovda store
672       Kurnass 2000, Tel Nof 1997
674       Kurnass 2000, 201 sqn, Ovda store
676       Kurnass 2000, 201 sqn, Ovda store
678       Kurnass 2000, 201 sqn, Ovda store
679       Kurnass 2000, Tel Nof 2000
680       Kurnass 2000, w/o 5 May 1991
681       Kurnass 2000, 119 sqn, Ovda store
682       Kurnass 2000, 201 sqn, Ovda store
683       Kurnass 2000, 201 sqn, Ovda store
684       Kurnass 2000, 119 sqn, Ovda store
685       Kurnass 2000, 201 sqn Apr 2002
686       Kurnass 2000, 119 sqn, Ovda store
688       Kurnass 2000, 201 sqn, Ovda store
689       Kurnass 2000, 201 sqn, Ovda store
702       Kurnass 2000, 119 sqn Apr 1999
703       Kurnass 2000, 119 sqn, Ovda store
708       Kurnass 2000, 119 sqn Apr 2002
712       Kurnass 2000, 119 sqn, Ovda store
715       Kurnass 2000, 119 sqn, Ovda store
716       Kurnass 2000, 119 sqn, Ovda store
718       Kurnass 2000, 201 sqn, Ovda store
719       Kurnass 2000, 119 sqn, Ovda store

References:

  • Air Pictorial November 1998
  • (The F-4 Kurnass (Amos Dor))
  • McDonnell F-4 Phantom: Spirit In The Skies (Jon Lake)
  • World Air Forces Directory 2006/07 (Mach III)


McDonnell Douglas RF-4E/RF-4X Phantom II ('Oref') * Retired *
Six RF-4E ordered 1968 from manufacturer. Delivered from September 1969 (USAF serials 69-7590 to 69-7595) under Peace Echo I. Second batch of six RF-4E aircraft delivered March - May 1977 (USAF serials 75-0418 to 75-0423) under Peace Echo V. Total of twelve RF-4E models acquired. Used by for recce duties. Hebrew name means Raven.

Four new-build F-4Es converted to RF-4X standard - also designated F-4E(S) 'Shablool'. Delivered end of 1975 - early 1976. All three used by 119 Sqn for recce duties. USAF serials: 69-7567, 69-7570, 69-7575, 69-7576.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
183?   69-7570   F-4E(S), w/o 24 July 1982
194   69-7590   RF-4E, w/o 9 Nov 1973
485   75-0419?   RF-4E, 107 sqn, Hatzerim Museum
486       RF-4E, 107 sqn, Ovda store May 2005
487   75-0421   RF-4E, 107 sqn, Ovda store Aug 2004
488   69-7592   RF-4E, 107 sqn, stored Hatzerim Feb 2006
489       RF-4E, Ovda store Aug 2004
490       RF-4E, 119 sqn, preserved Tsrifin Barracks Tel Aviv Nov 2004
491       RF-4E, 107 sqn, Ovda store Aug 2004
492       F-4E(S), 119 sqn, Ovda store May 2005
493   75-0419?   RF-4E, 107 sqn, Ovda store Aug 2004
495       RF-4E, 201 sqn, Ovda store Aug 2004
496       RF-4E, 201 sqn Nov 1999
497       RF-4E, 201 Sqn, Ovda store Aug 2004
498       F-4E(S), 119 sqn, preserved Hatzerim Feb 2006
499       F-4E(S), Ovda store May 2005
194 4041 69-7590   RF-4E, later 494
195 4050 69-7591   RF-4E, later 495
196 4061 69-7592   RF-4E, later 496
197 4072 69-7593   RF-4E, later 497
198 4080 69-7594   RF-4E, later 498
199 4088 69-7595   RF-4E, later 499
  4930 75-0418   RF-4E
  4933 75-0419   RF-4E
  4936 75-0420   RF-4E
  4939 75-0421   RF-4E
  4942 75-0422   RF-4E
  4946 75-0423   RF-4E

References:

  • Air Pictorial November 1998
  • (The F-4 Kurnass (Amos Dor))
  • McDonnell F-4 Phantom: Spirit In The Skies (Jon Lake)
  • BIAF issue 57
  • IAF Magazine issue 140
  • World Air Forces Directory 2006/07 (Mach III)


McDonnell Douglas RF-4C Phantom II * Retired *
Two RF-4C loaned from the USAF between August 1970 to March 1971.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
?   69-0369 Aug 1970  
?   69-0370 Aug 1970  

References:

  • World Air Forces Directory 2006/07 (Mach III)



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