More than half a century separates the two iconic machines. This also shows in terms of computers. Although the modern F-4s make do with high-tech systems, the old school fighter-bomber from 1960 made do with an air/data computer, targeting and radar control, navigation, and electronic warning systems. Compared to it, the 2015 Mustang boasts infotainment, navigation, powertrain control, stability control, and countless computers under its skin.
Fly by wire? That's a yes for the Mustang and a no for the F-4 Phantom. In terms of parts count, over 100,000 components go into a 2015 Ford Mustang GT. The deadly F-4 Phantom II, on the other hand, is made from "over a million parts" according to the peeps that put together the infographics above.
Oh, how about parts availability? While the 'Stang can be serviced by any authorized Ford dealer, the F-4 Phantom's service is taken care of by three outfits: the US DOD, Israeli Defense Force, and Turkish Air Force. These are not your ordinary repair shops, but then again, the maintenance is extremely different too.
A pony car such as the Mustang needs new oil, enough juice in the battery, working lights, replacement brake pads, and rotors, as well as new tires from time to time. With the F-4 Phantom II, servicing is a lot more complicated: remove the engine, inspect it, then inspect the airframe, replace worn components, check the functionality of the system, recalibrate sensors, reload, you know how these things go.
Per 10,000 miles of driving, the Mustang needs only one hour of maintenance. That's a cigarette brake compared to the 75 hours of maintenance the F-4 Phantom II needs per hour of flight. On an ending note, it's not surprising that the Phantom II outperforms the Mustang in every way, including nuclear options.
UPDATE: the image has been fixed with the 2015 model year. Thank you, Spork Marketing!
@_autoevolution_ The 2014 image is fixed. Don't know how we screwed that up...thanks for pointing it out. :)— Jason Lancaster (@CarCaster) September 21, 2015