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Old 12-24-2016, 01:25 PM   #1
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Default F-4 Phantom Retires

One of my favorite aircraft of all time....

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The U.S. Air Force will hold a "final flight" ceremony tomorrow, December 21, to commemorate the end of the F-4 Phantom II fighter's service. The fighter, which was first introduced in the late 1950s, performed virtually every combat aircraft role imaginable during a storied career that stretched from Vietnam to the Middle East and beyond.

The F-4 Phantom II was originally conceived as a heavy, all-weather fleet air defense fighter. Yet with its two powerful General Electric J79 engines and a two-man crew, the large, fast aircraft proved endlessly adaptable. The F-4 expanded into the fighter-bomber, air defense suppression, reconnaissance, and close air support roles. It could even carry tactical nuclear weapons.
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Old 12-24-2016, 01:38 PM   #2
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Still lives on in Greece and Japan, the nuke version F4D was stationed hear at Lakenheath for quite a few years, ready to deliver instant central heating to the other side of the Urals.
An iconic aircraft for sure......
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Still lives on in Greece and Japan, the nuke version F4D was stationed hear at Lakenheath for quite a few years, ready to deliver instant central heating to the other side of the Urals.
An iconic aircraft for sure......
Don't forget Iran.
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I am surprised they were still in service with the US forces.

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I am surprised they were still in service with the US forces.

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Only in a drone capacity and legacy appearances at airshows.
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We had F-4's here at Luke when I was a kid, including at least one Mig Killer F-4D with the red stars painted on the starboard intake splinter vane. Pretty cool to see for a plane crazy kid. Best of all was the SEA camo pattern with retro D-Day markings that were applied to both the Rhino's and the then new F-15's. Still in service when I entered the Marine Corps and my best friend was the Wing Ops Officer for the training Wild Weasel unit flying F-4G's at George AFB. I have a beer stein and a coffee mug from the squadron with the squadron emblem on it with my call sign, "Grunt".
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I have a pencil drawing of an F-4 that was drawn years ago -it's amazing in its details and shading. It was given to me by me ex-wife. The only thing that remains from that journey into the abyss....
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