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Remembering the U.S. Navy F-4G, the Phantom that could perform automatic carrier landings
In 1966 the 12 U.S. Navy F-4G aircraft were to test a new tactical camouflage for embarked aircraft In March, 1963, 12 F-4Bs were pulled from the McDonnell assembly line for the addition of special equipment. These Phantoms were to test the new AN/ASW-21 air-to-ground data link. The new communication system and an approach power compensator were installed just aft of...
The incredible story of the F-4G Wild Weasel that dodged 6 SAMs in few seconds During Operation Desert Storm
"I looked in the direction of the launch indication on the scope and saw a sight I'd never hoped to see. SA-2 missiles were headed towards us!," Jim Schreiner, former F-4G Wild Weasel pilot The F-4G Wild Weasel was a modified F-4E fighter with its cannon replaced by AN/APR-47 electronic warfare equipment. Its mission was to attack enemy air defenses,...
Exclusive: former BUFF Gunner reveals interesting details about B-52 "In HARM's Way" incident
"The Weasel WSO launched the HARM "in the blind" hoping a threat would come up and it would take it out. The WSO admitted to this. It was a case of both aircraft being in the wrong place at the wrong time. When the Gunner turned his radar on, there was a HARM in the air looking for a...
Designated F-105F Wild Weasel III, the aircraft replaced the F-100F Wild Weasel I in the summer of 1966 and became the backbone of USAF SAM suppression during Operation Rolling Thunder The Republic F-105 Thunderchief, nicknamed the "Thud," evolved from a 1951 project aimed to replace the company F-84F fighter-bomber. The prototype YF-105A first flew in October 1955, and Republic delivered...
The F-4 Phantom II was the primary fighter-bomber aircraft in the U.S. Air Force throughout the 1960s and 1970s The interesting Infographic in this post provides some interesting facts about the legendary F-4 Phantom II. First flown in May 1958, the F-4 Phantom II originally was developed for U.S. Navy fleet defense and entered service in 1961. The U.S. Air Force...
Modern battlefields are characterized by numerous integrated air defense systems and the Wild Weasels provide access to these contested environments In World War II (WWII), air power proved to be a significant and growing threat to ground and naval forces as well as cities and manufacturing centers. This rapidly maturing technology drove the development and early tactical use of radar...

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