F-4 Phantom

Happy Birthday to a Flying Legend: Remembering the first Phlight of the Phabulous Phantom

The first Phlight of the Phabulous Phantom The F-4 Phantom was the first multiservice aircraft, flying concurrently with the US… Read More

4 weeks ago

Have Doughnut and Have Drill: the classified programs that optimized the F-4 Phantom II’s performance margin over the MiG-17 and MiG-21

Roger Ball! He was the second of two children and born on 25 January 1940 in Shandon Baptist Hospital in… Read More

1 month ago

Here’s why before TOPGUN, Navy F-4 Phantom II fighter crews in Vietnam managed only a 2.5:1 kill ratio versus Soviet-built MiG-17 and MiG-21 fighters

Roger Ball! He was the second of two children and born on 25 January 1940 in Shandon Baptist Hospital in… Read More

2 months ago

Video shows Hellenic Air Force venerable F-4 Phantom II jets (and other fighters) flying low level during familiarization flights for exercise Iniochos 2024

Hellenic Air Force venerable F-4 Phantom II at low level Filmed by our friend Dafydd Phillips on Apr. 5, 2024,… Read More

3 months ago

Video: the Phinal active duty F-4 Phantom launch from a US Navy aircraft carrier

The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II is a tandem two-seat, twin-engine, all-weather, long-range supersonic… Read More

3 months ago

A nightmare of the worst order: the US Navy F-4 pilot who caught #1 Wire on his RIO last night carrier landing

Roger Ball! He was the second of two children and born on 25 January 1940 in Shandon Baptist Hospital in… Read More

3 months ago

F-8 Pilot recalls a Colorful Crusader Driver Who Hit the Ramp and Ejected on His Initial Night Qual

F-8 Crusader pilot Charlie Glasscock Aviation seems to be populated with more than its share of memorable personalities, especially carrier… Read More

4 months ago

The lessons learned by US Navy F-4 crews from the exercise where French fighters trailed airliners and outmaneuvered and outclassed their Phantom IIs

Roger Ball! He was the second of two children and born on 25 January 1940 in Shandon Baptist Hospital in… Read More

4 months ago

KC-135 Crew Chief recalls when his Stratotanker low on fuel had to give 6,000 pounds of fuel to an F-4 that failed six approaches to Andersen AFB because of bad weather

KC-135 Stratotanker crew providing support of trans-pacific ferry missions As reported by the Carswell Sentinel, a squadron-based newspaper at Carswell… Read More

5 months ago

The exercise where French Mystere IV and Super Mystere B2 fighters outmaneuvered and outclassed US Navy F-4 Phantom IIs

Roger Ball! He was the second of two children and born on 25 January 1940 in Shandon Baptist Hospital in… Read More

5 months ago

F-4 Crew Members Speak about Phantom II’s Issues. And they Explain why they Loved Flying it despite its Flaws.

The F-4 Phantom II Built as a high-altitude interceptor, the F-4 Phantom II quickly demonstrated that it was a special… Read More

5 months ago

RAF Phantom pilot recalls when he and his navigator grinned at the cameras of a Soviet Il-62 Classic spy plane disguised as an Aeroflot airliner

The RAF Phantom The Phantom formed a major part of the Royal Air Force’s combat aircraft strength for over twenty… Read More

5 months ago

Airman explains why USAF F-4 Crew Members who Ejected two times from a Phantom II were Grounded and Never Flew an F-4 Again

The F-4 Built as a high-altitude interceptor, the F-4 Phantom II quickly demonstrated that it was a special aircraft, establishing… Read More

6 months ago

Legendary fighter pilot Bob Pardo passed away. Here’s the story of when he used his F-4 to push a crippled F-4 to safety.

Bob Pardo has passed away Decorated US Air Force (USAF) fighter pilot and Vietnam veteran Retired Lt. Col. Bob Pardo… Read More

6 months ago

USAF F-4 WSO recalls when during a drill he and his pilot were tasked in trying to steal a Phantom II fighter jet. They succeeded.

Can a fighter jet be stolen? Aircraft theft is an increasingly prevalent crime, often perpetrated in conjunction with drug smuggling.… Read More

7 months ago