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That time two RAF Phantoms escorted two Soviet Bears over France because French fighters were grounded by Bastille Day celebrations
"I could not avoid a feeling of irritation when I pictured our Mirage colleagues as they attended their Bastille barbecues on this mid-summer's day," Alan Winkles, former RAF Phantom pilot "The French, without doubt, are proud of their way of life and French folk will usually be eager to claim the virtues of their je sais quoi factor. Sometimes, however, the...
That time a RAF Phantom shot down a RAF Jaguar: the unknown story of the British Phantom's only air-to-air kill
"May I ask, sir, how far behind the Phantoms?" interjected John. "Oh...not too far," the commanding officer said hesitatingly. "At the airspeeds you were flying, the Skyflash was less than five seconds from your position." The following article contains excerpts from the story titled Mixed Messages appeared in Richard Pike’s book Phantom Boys Volume 2. In the crush, a hand plucked at...
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 —...
That time a RAF Phantom shot down a RAF Jaguar: the unknown story of the British Phantom's only air-to-air kill
"Keeping the Phantom in that position for about six or seven minutes, my navigator and I grinned at the cameras, struck tops of our bone domes lingeringly and flamboyantly, offered thumbs up and gestures until, eventually, the Classic captain made a classic turn onto a south-easterly course...," Alan Winkles, former Phantom driver The U.K. operated the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II as one...
Cold War Era Phantom fighter jet that set speed record arrives by road at RAF Cosford
Of all the UK’s Phantom fighters, the airframe which arrived at RAF Cosford is perhaps one of the most iconic, known as ‘Black Mike’ due to its unique paint scheme applied by 111(F) Squadron in the late 1980s Taken on Oct. 26, 2017 the interesting photos in this post show a Cold-War F-4 Phantom fighter jet arriving at RAF Cosford...
Probably the Typhoon was driven by a student who misjudged the aircraft rate of descent This post provides the link to a very interesting clip. Filmed on Apr. 22, 2016 at RAF Coningsby, the footage in fact features a Royal Air Force (RAF) twin seater Eurofighter Typhoon from to No 29 Squadron "clipping grass" while landing after a morning training sortie. We can assume that,...

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