F-4B/N Weapon control panels

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Forward cockpit

Missile status panel

F-4 missile status panel

The missile status panel (MSP) indicates status of the missiles mounted on the aircraft fuselage and hardpoints. Green SELECTED lights indicate that a missile exists on the station and is selected. Amber READY lights illuminate to indicate that the missile type selective has been powered.

The four positions labeled L. FWD, R. FWD, L. AFT and R.AFT refer to the fuselage-mounted AIM-7 Sparrow missiles. The L. WING and R.WING positions can be used by either AIM-7 Sparrow or AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles. If an AIM-7 is present, the upper SELECTED light will illuminate. If one or more Sidewinders are available, the SEL light that corresponds to the selected missile will be lit. Selecting different missile types and cycling through AIM-9 missiles is done through the missile control panel. The selector knob on the MSP is used to select and jettison missiles from the above stations.

The MSP is also equipped with a TK light, which illuminates when a tank is loaded on the centerline pylon. When a tank is loaded on the centerline, firing of the forward fuselage-mounted AIM-7 sparrows is inhibited to avoid the risk of missile or fire contact with the fuselage tank and damage to the tank or aircraft.

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Weapons control panel

F-4 weapons control panel

The Weapons Control Panel is situated below the Missile Selector Panel and is split in two parts:

  • The left part, enscribed MISSILE CONTROL is used to control the Air-to-Air missile firing options.
  • The right part, denoted BOMB CONTROL is used to operate certain functions of the Air-to-Ground weapons employment

that will be described in detail later.

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Bomb control panel

F-4 bomb control panel (dogbone)

The bomb control panel, also called “dogbone”, is located forward of the control stick. It is used to select the active stations and release modes for air-to-ground weapons as well jettisoning from all stations.From left to right, the functions are:

  • GUN switch: activates/deactivates the gunpod if carried
  • WPN SEL: this knob allows you to select from possible release modes:
    • RKT DISP: Used to reset stepping of bomb stations and also for firing rockets when loaded
    • SINGLE: Every press of the pickle switch releases a single munition
    • PAIRS: Every press of the pickle switch releases a pair of munitions
    • RIPPLE: Continuous release of munitions one-by-one for as long as the pickle switch is kept pressed
    • CLSTR: Continuous release of munitions in pairs as long as the pickle switch is kept pressed
  • WPNS switch (late F-4B and F-4N): Not modeled
  • STEP RESET: Spring loaded switch used to reset the station release sequence when changing release modes
  • ARM switch
    • NOSE & TAIL: Arms both nose and tail fuze of carried bombs. Allows deployment of fins for retarted bombs (Mk.82 SE)
    • SAFE: Weapon will be jettisoned and not explode
    • NOSE: Arms the nose fuze only. On Mk.82SE fins will not deploy
  • INTVL switch: Controls the interval between bomb releases in RIPPLE and CLSTR modes. Options are 0.6, 0.1 and 0.14 seconds between releases.
  • STA SEL: Used to select the station from which to release/jettison weapons

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AWW-1 fuze panel

AWW-1 panel

The AWW-1 fuze panel is located on the right console. It is used to turn bomb fuzes on and off. This is done by setting the power knob to STBY or READY for 30 seconds. For the fuzes to activate, the knob must be set to READY, indicated by a red light illuminating on the panel.

Forward RADAR scope

F-4 forward RADAR scope and optical sight unit

The forward RADAR scope consists of the RADAR scope and the optical sight unit (OSU)

  • RADAR scope: Symbology of the RADAR scope will be covered in the next chapter
  • OSU: The OSU is used for the visual aiming of the aircraft's weapons through an adjustable gunsight. To turn on the gunsight:
    1. unfold the gunsight if folded, by clicking on the glass
    2. slide open the lens cover by clicking on its handle
    3. click the top-right knob on the RADAR scope to turn on the reticle
    4. gunsight elevation can be adjusted using the mil setting knob to the left of the combiner glass. The drum is lit at night from a light inside the OSU mount. The light can be toggled by pressing the switch at the top-left of the RADAR scope

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Rear cockpit

RADAR controls

RADAR scope

The aft RADAR scope is used by the RIO to search for targets. The symbology and use is covered in the next chapter.

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RADAR control panel

The RADAR control panel is used by the RIO to power-up the RADAR system as well as change between different RADAR modes. Its operation is covered in the next chapter.

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RADAR stick

The stick is used to control the RADAR cursor. It can be operated in two ways:

  1. Mouse control from rear cockpit:
    • Left click and hold on the stick: when the left click mouse button is held pressed, mouse movement is translated onto the stick.
    • Middle click on the stick: initiates half-action when a target return is bracketed. Drops the target if pressed a second time.
    • Right click on the stick: initiates full-action when a target return is bracketed and already in half-action. Drops the target if pressed a second time.
    • Mouse wheel rotation: Increases/decreases elevation
  2. Keyboard:
    • Arrow keys: controls the RADAR cursor
    • TAB: Initiates half/full-action
    • Caps Lock: Drops selected target

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