Do you have dreams of buzzing the control tower after a day of barrel-rolling and air-to-air training against those goons on the red team, and then hopping on your hog and cruising to the beach so you can douse yourself in tanning oil and play a spirited game of volleyball — while maintaining eye contact with your buddies for far too long?
Now, you can make those dreams a reality thanks to the folks over at Platinum Fighters: For a cool $4 million, they’ll sell you your very own F-4 Phantom II.
The Phantom McDonnell Douglas F4H-1F Phantom II Bu.145310 — a pre-production variant and the 11th one produced before the plane was ultimately re-designated the F-4 in September 1962 — is on sale for $3.95 million, Warbirds News reported March 14. Just 45 F4H-1F Phantoms were ever built using an earlier version of the J-79 turbojet featured in the widely-produced F-4s that first took the skies in 1959. And while this war plane isn’t fully operational, it’s pretty damn close to being flight ready, according to The War Zone.
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If you’ve got the cash, why not splurge on the aircraft that was also the first in the F-4 family to be outfitted with hard points to carry bombs — and, as Warbirds News notes, subsequently helped convince the U.S. military that the warplane could function as both a tactical fighter and bomber. It just needs a little work to upgrade its engines, active its ejection seats, and tinker with its avionics.
So if you’ve got a couple million lying around, be prepared to drop a few more — and that’s before you even figure in gas.