Tag: F-4 Phantom

Exhibit to Honor 1986 North Dakota Air National Guard F-4 Flight that Allowed Heart Transplant
The heart was stored inside a plastic picnic cooler filled with ice. The cooler was strapped to the backseat of the F-4, which was piloted by North Dakota Air National Guard General Bob Becklund. The heart recipient, now 33, lives in the San Francisco area. Taken on Sep. 7, 2019 during a formal ceremony...
Former F-4 Phantom Driver tells the story of an Exhilarating Mach 2 Test Flight
‘We are supersonic and still accelerating, the maniacal engines will not be denied. With nothing else to do, I watch the Mach meter unwind; I want to see a number starting with a 2,’ Ed Cobleigh, former F-4 Pilot. F-4 Test Hop The following story appears in Ed Cobleigh’s book War for...
That time two USMC F-4 Phantoms Nearly Shot Down two Cuban MiG-17s over the Keys
"The two MiG-17s went into a 60 degree port turn. I immediately thought they saw us and I slid to the outside of their turn, re-confirmed I was 'in Sidewinder' and periodically, when at the bogies' six o'clock, I would hear that beautiful `Grrrrrr' Sidewinder tone," MGen Mike "Lancer" Sullivan, high-time Naval F-4 aviator The McDonnell two-place, twinjet, all-weather F-4...
How the defection to Israel of a Syrian Air Force MiG-23-pilot embarrassed the IAF
Although the IAF were pleased to get their hands on the MiG-23, they were somewhat embarrassed that an enemy jet had flown across the border and landed completely unchallenged After a 23-year wait, the Israel Air Force (IAF) got their chance to do another detailed engineering evaluation of a frontline Arab fighter. As with the MiG-21, this MiG-23 came by...
The story of the RAF Phantom pilot who intercepted an Argentine Boeing 707 spy plane over the Falklands
John now manoeuvred to hold a safe formation position on the Boeing 707. The Boeing, he noticed, had been painted white with a smart blue band along the fuselage as if to suggest an ordinary airliner. This was clearly not the case, however, for John could see copious aerials of various shapes and sizes on the Boeing's belly —...
Here's how the Israeli Air Force gets its squadron emblems
"For a long time, tail emblems were censored because of security concerns. Fictional ones were invented in order to confuse the enemy. The fictional emblems made sure that the enemy never knew exactly how many aircraft we had," Raanan Weiss, Israeli Air Force graphic designer The following article, titled The Meaning of an Emblem and written by Nuphar Blitt, explains...
Here's why the pilot of this stricken F-4D returned to base safely without his backseater
"My sensation was that the aircraft as out of control and I ordered Kenny to eject which he did. Instinctively, I took the stick and throttles in hand and to my amazement, the aircraft was flyable," Ray Battle, F-4D pilot On Nov. 18, 1968, an F-4D #66-0249 belonging to 433rd TFS, Ubon RTAB, Thailand, was Stricken by 37mm Anti-Aircraft fire...

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