F-4 Phantom

F-4 Phantom II pilot recalls an Exhilarating Mach 2 Test Flight

F-4 Phantom II pilot recalls an Exhilarating Mach 2 Test Flight

‘There it is! Mach 2.0, twice the speed of sound. I could go on, Mach 2.4 is probably within reach,’… Read More

1 year ago

F-8 Crusader Vs F-4 Phantom II: US Naval Aviators recall the rivalry between the “Last of the Gunfighters” and the first “All-Weather Interceptor”

Many of the Phantom’s early cruises were as paired squadrons with F-8 units, which were regarded as “day fighter” (or… Read More

1 year ago

US Navy May Dismantle USS Enterprise (CVN-65), the service’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, at Commercial Yard

Due to a heavy workload at the US Navy’s yard Puget Sound, the service is looking to contract with a… Read More

2 years ago

The story of the Israeli F-4 flight that dodged (at least) 20 Syrian SAMs in a single mission during the Yom Kippur War

“During this flight, we really felt like missile hunters, though we were not sure who would hunt first: the missile… Read More

2 years ago

Former USAF F-4 Pilot explains how he was able to safely land his Phantom II after the Explosion of its Right Engine

The F-4 Phantom II’s fuel flow controller had NEVER malfunctioned. It wasn’t listed in the book of emergency procedures, the… Read More

2 years ago

Former US Naval Aviator explains why of all the aircraft he has flown the iconic F-4 Phantom is his favorite

‘Although some thought it “ugly”, and it had a nickname of “double ugly” I loved its lines,’ John Chesire, Former… Read More

3 years ago

Blue Angels flying the F-8 Crusader would have been awesome, but it never happened. Here’s why.

At some point the Crusader was considered as replacement for Blue Angels Grumman F11 Tigers. One of the most capable… Read More

3 years ago

The story of the F-4 Kurnass escort missions for USAF C-5 and C-141 airlifters involved in Operation Nickel Grass, the US air bridge to Israel during the Yom Kippur War

‘At the time, I figured that I had placed an additional burden upon Kurnass squadrons that rotated the escort mission,… Read More

3 years ago

Massive sale of 105 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters to Japan approved

According to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency the Foreign Military Sale (FMS) is for 63 F-35As and 42 F-35Bs. Japan… Read More

4 years ago

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… Read More

5 years ago

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… Read More

5 years ago

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… Read More

5 years ago

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… Read More

6 years ago

The unknown 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… Read More

6 years ago

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… Read More

6 years ago