Batplane V

Batman No. 231 (May 1971) presented one of only two appearances of the Batplane in the entire decade of the 1970's, and the only one in which you can actually make out the design of the plane. But this same design would continue to be used into the '80s.

The cranked wing tips and the drooping tail unmistakenly identify this Batplane as a repainted McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II.
In this panel, the Batplane's origin as an F-4 is even more obvious.
The location of the bat-emblems on the plane seem to move from panel to panel. The design of the canopy suggests this is an early model Phantom. The relatively slender nose supports that idea since it was enlarged on later models to house a more powerful radar.

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