Tag: F-4 Phantom II

That Time and F-4 Phantom II “Protected” a Mach 3 SR-71 Blackbird Spy Plane from a Meteor Attack
‘This rock is going God only knows how fast and is fifty miles straight up. If I can't shoot down a SR-71, how in hell am I going to even begin to bring missiles to bear on a meteor?’ Ed Cobleigh, former F-4 Pilot. The following story appears in Ed Cobleigh’s book War for...
The unknown story of the Israeli F-4s that dogfighted with North Korean MiG-21 during the Yom Kippur War
"Seconds later we saw them, two MiGs. Crossover and the two of us engaged them. One MiG disappeared the other MiG remained for a 1-vs-2 air combat,” Gur, former Israeli Air Force F-4 crew member. During the Yom Kippur War the Israeli Air Force (IAF) actually faced an Arab coalition, rather than the...
How a VMFA-333 F-4 Phantom II scored the only USMC Mig Kill of the Vietnam War
'The growl of the Sidewinder tone was loud enough to drive you from the cockpit, and it really did a job on that MiG,’ Capt 'Lil’ John' Cummings, VMFA-333 F-4 Phantom II RIO. No fewer than 11 US Marine Corps squadrons flew versions of the Phantom II in Southeast Asia from May 1965...
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...