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Tag: F-4 Phantom II

Remembering VMFA-122 'F-4V', the USMC Phantom II featuring a unique Three Gun-Pod Configuration
“If one gun was good, three were better.” Col Jacques Naviaux, VMFA-122 No fewer than 11 US Marine Corps (USMC) squadrons flew versions of the F-4 Phantom II in Southeast Asia from May 1965 through to early 1973. Although one deployment was from an aircraft carrier, and included a successful MiG engagement,...
The Story of North Star, the KC-135 Stratotanker that Saved an F-4 Phantom over the Atlantic
The KC-135 Stratotanker North Star had its landing gear down and its engines at idling speed in an attempt to slow down enough to match the F-4 Phantom’s speed and perform a midair tow. Ron Craft, a KC-135 Stratotanker crew member who was stationed at Loring Air Force Base (AFB) from 1981...
Pardo's Push: how an F-4 pushed a crippled F-4
"Drop your tail-hook!" Pardo cried. The steel tail-hook, designed to halt the aircraft after landing on an aircraft carrier, was nothing if not strong — seriously strong. The following article contains excerpts from the story titled Stars And Stripes appeared in Richard Pike’s book Phantom Boys Volume 2. Pardo's Push Some thirty miles north of Hanoi at a place called Thai Nguyen, an...
The story of VF-51 Screaming Eagles F-4 Phantom II’s Flamboyant Markings in Vietnam
VF-51 F-4 had one of the most flamboyant Phantom markings to go to sea- what rival squadrons called the "Supersonic Can Opener" was a bright eagle marking with tail feathers that splayed out on the rear fuselage During Operation Linebacker over Vietnam in 1972, the two McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II squadrons...
Project Top Flight: how the Mighty Phantom II established the New Absolute Altitude record
For Project Top Flight the second prototype (BuNo 142260) of the Phantom II was equipped with water injection and flown by CDR Lawrence E. Flint in a series of twelve ballistic zoom climbs from 50,000ft at maximum power between October and December 1959 The McDonnell two-place, twinjet, all-weather F-4 Phantom II, with...
New Pensacola Bay bridge could be named after Operation Bolo Hero Gen. Daniel Chappie James
In Southeast Asia, Gen. Chappie James served as deputy commander for operations and later vice wing commander of the 8th TFW. Along with Robin Olds, James formed a strong leadership and combat team, inevitably dubbed “Black Man and Robin.” As reported by Pensacola News Journal, the new Pensacola Bay bridge...
Before the F-4C: the F-110A Spectre, the Century Series Fighter that Never Was
27 F-4Bs were "bought" from the Navy order for S 147.8 m on the understanding that the Navy would have them back once the USAF's Phantom variant, the F-4C (originally F-110A Spectre under the pre-McNamara designations) began to roll off the line The McDonnell two-place, twinjet, all-weather F-4 Phantom II, with top speeds...
F-4 Vs F-8: the rivalry between the first "All-Weather Interceptor" and the “Last of the Gunfighters”
“The F-4s got off to a horrid start when running into F-8s. Their reputation was dog-s**t,” Jerry B. "Devil" Houston, former F-8 driver The McDonnell two-place, twinjet, all-weather F-4 Phantom II, with top speeds more than twice that of sound, was one of the most versatile fighters ever built. It served in the...
U.S. and other Foreign Volunteers with the Israeli Air Force during the October 1973 War
What information has become available so far indicates the presence of only three U.S. officers with the IDF/AF during the October 1973 War Arab, especially Egyptian observers repeatedly claimed that volunteers from the U.S. Air Force (USAF) and the U.S. Navy, with combat experience from Vietnam, were deployed to Israel to support the...
The Egyptian Air Force First Phantom Killer that never was
'Then my leader yelled, "Break, break, we have two aircraft behind!" So, I forgot about the smoking Phantom and turned away. I left him southeast of Suez, and the jet crossed into Sinai. I think the F-4 crashed on the way home ...,' Ahmed Atef, Egyptian Air Force MiG-21 Pilot The reason the Israeli Air Force (IAF) worked so hard to obtain the...

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