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the 50s
19 September 1953 Unsolicited proposal submitted to BuAer for a single place all-weather fighter called the F3H-G/H (general purpose VF).
15 June 1954 Need for an all-weather aircraft arises (no written agreement). BuAer evaluated McDonnell F3H-G/H, F3H-E2 (single engine version), Grumman proposal, and North American proposal. Selected McDonnell design with two J79 engines.
23 July 1954 Chief of Naval Operations recommended the procurement of two AH-1 aircraft.
18 October 1954 Letter contract placed with McDonnell for two AH-1 aircraft.
7 December 1954 BuAer-CNO conference reached following agreement: BuAer-CNO jointly to take necessary action to redesignate AH-1 to F4H-1; CNO to write a requirement for a two-seat aircraft; BuAer to initiate a design competition for an all-weather attack aircraft following receipt of CNO requirement.
7 June 1955 CNO letter indicated a requirement for a two-seat version of the F4H-1 (AH-1).
23 June 1955 AH-1 redesignated F4H-1.
19 July 1955 CNO letter defined configuration of F4H-1.
2 September 1955 BuAer authorized procurement of five F4H-1 aircraft.
November 1955 Mock-up review.
27 May 1958 First flight of F4H-1 aircraft from Lambert Field, St. Louis, Robert C. Little, test pilot.
17 December 1958 Navy decision to buy the F4H-1.
3 July 1959 F4H-1 christened Phantom II in a ceremony on McDonnell ramp during celebration of company's 20th anniversary.
October 1959 Airplane released for carrier suitability trials.
the 60s
February 1960 Sea trials begin with first carrier catapult takeoff and arrested landing aboard USS Independence.
July 1960 Board of Inspection and Survey (BIS) trials begin at Patuxent River, Maryland.
29 December 1960 First aircraft delivery to training squadron VF-121, NAS Miramar, California.
March 1961 F4H-1 airplanes below No. 48 redesignated F4H-1F. Airplanes 48 and up retain designation of F4H-1.
25 March 1961 First flight of a production F4H-1.
June 1961 First F4H-1 airplane (No. 50) delivered to fleet.
14 September 1961 Last of 47 F4H-1Fs delivered to Navy.
October 1961 Navy's first F4H-1 operational squadron, VF-74, qualified for carrier duty.
January 1962 President's Budget submitted to Congress requesting procurement of the RF-110A reconnaissance version and the F-110A fighter version for the USAF.
January 1962 Two F4H-1 fighters, newly designated F-110A for the Air Force, delivered to TAC Headquarters, Langley Air Force Base.
April 1962 Letter Contract for first F-110A aircraft received.
May 1962 Letter Contract for two prototype RF-110A airplanes received.
May 1962 Letter Contract for two prototype RF-110A airplanes received.
29 June 1962 First F4H-1 delivered to a Marine Corps squadron, VMF (AW)-314.
July 1962 Conversion of F4H-1 to reconnaissance configuration.
August 1962 First two Navy F4H-1 squadrons (VF-102 and VF-74) deployed (Project Short Cruise).
September 1962 F4H-1, F4H-1F, and F-110A redesignated F-4B, F-4A, and F-4C, respectively.
February 1963 First F-4B delivered to USAF training squadron.
February 1963 USMC authorized to procure RF-4B; letter contract for nine RF-4Bs received.
20 March 1963 First flight of Navy F-4G.
27 May 1963 First flight of F-4C.
July 1963 First F-4C aircraft delivered.
8 August 1963 First flight of YRF-4C prototype.
20 November 1963 First F-4C delivered to TAC squadron.
18 May 1964 First flight of RF-4C.
June 1964 First production RF-4C aircraft delivered to USAF.
12 March 1965 First flight of RF-4B.
May 1965 First RF-4B delivered to VMCJ-3, El Toro, California.
May 1965 Phantom II awarded 1965 Glenn H. Curtiss Memorial Award as outstanding aircraft of the year.
4 June 1965 First flight of YF-4J.
7 August 1965 First flight of YF-4E.
8 December 1965 First flight of F-4D.
4 May 1966 Last of 583 F-4Cs delivered to TAC.
27 May 1966 First flight of F-4J.
27 June 1966 First flight of YF-4K.
28 June 1966 F-4J accepted by Navy.
2 November 1966 First flight of F-4K.
21 December 1966 First production F-4J delivered to fleet training squadron VF-101, Key West, Florida.
27 January 1967 Last of 637 F-4Bs delivered to U. S. Navy.
17 February 1967 First flight of YF-4M, three months ahead of contract delivery schedule.
30 June 1967 First flight of production F-4E, two months ahead of contract delivery schedule.
June 1967 Peak production rate of 72 aircraft a month reached.
3 October 1967 First squadron F-4E delivered to TAC, Nellis AFB, Nevada.
26 December 1967 First flight of F-4M.
28 February 1968 Last of 793 USAF F-4Ds delivered.
25 April 1968 First transatlantic deliveries to United Kingdom begin.
November 1968 U. S. and German governments sign Co-Production Logistics Agreement.
January 1969 Seven modified F-4J aircraft delivered to El Centro, California for Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Team.
15 March 1969 First official Blue Angels demonstration at Yuma, Arizona.
19 April 1969 F-4E Thunderbirds aircraft numbers 1 and 2 delivered to Nellis AFB.
4 June 1969 President Richard Nixon attends first F-4E Thunderbirds demonstration at Air Force Academy.
the 70s
15 September 1970 First flight of RF-4E.
24 December 1970 Last of 46 RF-4Bs delivered to USMC.
7 January 1972 Last of 522 F-4Js delivered to the Navy.
11 February 1972 First flight of F-4E with production slats installed.
4 June 1972 First flight of F-4N.
18 May 1973 First flight of F-4F.
16 January 1974 Last of 505 RF-4Cs delivered to USAF.
10 December 1976 Last of 831 USAF F-4Es delivered.
4 November 1977 First delivery of F-4J slats prototype aircraft to Naval Air Test Center, Patuxent River, Maryland.