If you ever had the chance to see the Blue's flying the F-4 Phantom...absolutely Spectacular, what an awesome bird, big, loud and beautiful.
I never saw them flying the F-4. I agree with your last sentence, except would only call it beautiful from a performance standpoint; aesthetically, I would call it pretty ugly. Beautiful in my view would include the F-8 Crusader and the RA-5 Vigilante. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder though.