McDonnell FH-1 Phantom






Last updated on: July 23, 2016

Just an order of 62 of these planes were produced between 1945 and 47. They served for a short time in active service before moving on to Reserve units. This page will also include the two XFD-1 prototypes.

This is a work in progress and any help would be appreciated. Information on these planes is rather difficult to locate online and this work will remain incomplete unless you the readers offer to help me. Please feel free to pass along any information that you might have.

At the end of this page is a list of people who have graciously offered their help. Thank you all very much!


48235
*XFD-1 prototype.
*11/1/1945: Written off.


48236
*XFD-1 prototype.
*8/24/1945: Written off.


111749
*10/28/1946: First flight.
*1/1947: Delivered to the USN.
*Used for weather research tests at Patterson AFB, OH.


111750
*Naval Air Test Center, at NAS Patuxent River, MD.


111751
*Naval Air Test Center, at NAS Patuxent River, MD.
*1952: NARW NAS Grosse Ile, MI.


111752
*2/5/1947: Crashed in Harmony Township, Beaver County, PA on delivery flight to NAS Patuxent River, MD.


111753
*1950: VMF-122.
*1/10/1950: Ran out of fuel and crash landed at MCAS Cherry Point, NC.


111754
*1948: Naval Air Test Center, at NAS Patuxent River, MD.
*3/17/1948: Crash landed at NAS Patuxent River, MD due to engine failure.


111755
*Naval Air Test Center, at NAS Patuxent River, MD.


111756
*NARW NAS Saint Louis, MO as "U-104".
*1950: NAS New York.
*7/18/1950: Ditched into Jamaica Bay, NY.


111757
*1948: Naval Air Test Center, at NAS Patuxent River, MD.


111758
*1948: Naval Air Test Center, at NAS Patuxent River, MD.
*1/14/1948: Crash landed near Annapolis, MD due to engine failure.


111759
*Currently preserved at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.


111760
*Naval Air Test Center, at NAS Patuxent River, MD.
*VMF-122 as "LC-9".
*7/12/1951: Written off after a belly-landing at NRAS Minneapolis, NM.


111761
*1949: VMF-122 as "LC-2".
*NARW NAS Saint Louis, MO.
*Sent as a maintenance trainer to the Teterboro School of Aviation, NJ.
*1964: Purchased by Progressive Aero of Fort Lauderdale, FL.
*Dismantled and used for spares.


111762
*1948: VF-1L.
*5/29/1948: Ran out of fuel and crash landed near East Hampton, NY.


111763
*1948: VMF-122.
*12/8/1948: Crash landed at MCAS Beaufort, SC due to engine failure.


111764
*NARTU Birmingham, AL as "T-xx".


111765
*1948: VF-171.
*11/21/1948: Crash landed at NAS Atlantic City, NJ due to engine failure.


111766
*--info needed.--


111767
*--info needed.--


111768
*Was preserved at the St. Louis Aviation Museum in Saint Louis, MO.
*Was preserved at the National Warplane Museum in Genesco, NY.
*Was preserved at the Wings of Eagles Discovery Center in Elmira, NY.
*Currently preserved at the Pima Air and Space Museum, AZ.
*At some point carried civilian registration "N4283A".


111769
*Sent as a maintenance trainer to the Teterboro School of Aviation, NJ.
*1964: Purchased by Progressive Aero of Fort Lauderdale, FL.
*Was used as a jet trainer for rich aviation buffs.
*Was in storage at the Museum at Quantico, VA.


111770
*1948: VMF-122.
*1951: NARW NAS Grosse Ile, MI.


111771
*1948: VMF-122 as "BC-9".
*8/10/1948: Crash landed near MCAS Cherry Point, NC due to mechanical failure.


111772
*--info needed.--


111773
*1948: VF-171.
*11/22/1948: Crash landed at NAS Quonset Point, RI due to mechanical failure.


111774
*1952: VF-703.
*3/23/1952: Ran out of fuel and crash landed near Dallas, TX.


111775
*1948: VF-171.
*12/7/1948: Crash landed at NAS Quonset Point, RI due to engine failure.


111776
*--info needed.--


111777
*--info needed.--


111778
*VF-171 "R-112".
*1953: NARW NAS Columbus, OH as "C-103".


111779
*1948: VMF-122 as "I-108".


111780
*1948: VMF-122.
*NARW NAS Norfolk, VA.


111781
*1948: VMF-122.


111782
*1948: VMF-122.


111783
*VMF-122 as "BC-3".
*VMF-122 as "LC-8".
*Sent as a maintenance trainer to the Teterboro School of Aviation, NJ.
*1964: Purchased by Progressive Aero of Fort Lauderdale, FL.
*Was used as a jet trainer for rich aviation buffs.
*Was in storage at Hollywood-Fort Lauderdale APT, FL.


111784
*--info needed.--


111785
*VMF-122.
*1951: NARTU NAS Glenview, IL.
*7/15/1951: Crashed near NAS Glenview, IL due to engine failure. Pilot was killed.


111786
*VF-171 as "R-xx".


111787
*1948: VF-17A.
*5/6/1948: Crashed near NAF Quonset Point, RI after to a mid-air collision. Pilot was killed.


111788
*VMF-122 as "LC-7".


111789
*VF-171 as "x-106".


111790
*1948: VF-17A.
*6/25/1948: Crashed landed near Wheeling, WV.


111791
*1950: NAS Willow Grove, PA.
*7/18/1950: Crash landed at NAS Willow Grove, PA due to engine failure.


111792
*--info needed.--


111793
*2/28/1948: Delivered to the USN.
*1949: VMF-122.
*6/25/1949: Crash landed near Evansville, IN due to engine failure. Repaired, obviously?
*7/25/1949: Crashed near MCAS Cherry Point, NC.
*1949: Struck off charge.
*Owned for a time by National Jets Incorporated of Fort Lauderdale, FL.
*Currently preserved at the National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola, FL, since 1983.


111794
*1949: VMF-122 as "BC-1".


111795
*--info needed.--


111796
*1948: VF-171.
*8/24/1948: Ditched into the sea on take-off from USS Philippine Sea.


111797
*1948: VF-17A.
*5/29/1948: Crash landed near NAS Atlantic City, NJ due to engine failure.


111798
*--info needed.--


111799
*--info needed.--


111800
*--info needed.--


111801
*1953: NARW at NAS Dallas, TX as "D-108".


111802
*--info needed.--


111803
*1950: NARTU NAS Norfolk, VA.
*9/3/1950: Crashed while landing at NAS Norfolk, VA due to engine failure.


111804
*VF-171 as "R-108".


111805
*VMF-122 as "LC-6".


111806
*--info needed.--


111807
*--info needed.--


111808
*5/29/1948: Delivered to the USN.
*1949: VF-842 as "R-10x".
*1952: NARW NAS Minneapolis, MN as "E-104".
*NARW NAS Birmingham, AL as "T-101".

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For their assistance in various parts of this project, I would like to give thanks to the following individual people...

James Rarick
Ron Picciani
Tjalling Boelman
Mark Woods
Pat Riley
Sid Nanson
Mike Aiau
Luis Bonanni
Rick Porcelli
Chris Brame