June 3, 1969: F-4E First Flight

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  • Tactical Air Command

A test team flew the first sortie in a series to certify the F-4E Phantom II with a Target Identification System, Electro-Optical system for Tactical Air Command.

Beginning in 1973, Phantom II aircraft possessed target-identification systems for long-range visual identification of both airborne and ground targets. Each system acted like a television camera with a zoom lens to aid in positive identification, and a system called Pave Tack, which provided day and night all-weather capability to acquire, track and designate ground targets for laser, infrared and electro-optically guided weapons.

The final 10 production Phantom II Aircraft introduced a Northrup AN/ASX-1 Target Identification System, Electro-Optical system attached to the left wing.  The system identified aircraft out of range of the pilot's naked eye.  This equipment contained two distinct zoom settings that were linked to the aircraft's radar scope.


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