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Old July 28th, 2016, 09:18 AM   #1
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Phantom Era to Close Shortly

If you have never seen a Phantom fly by then you have missed a real treat in life. But like other things that don't last forever the Phantom is shortly to go the way of the Dodo.
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Old July 28th, 2016, 09:28 AM   #2
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Got a hernia bar handy?

My back hurts every time I see a pic of one........

Any Ordie who ever loaded wing or centerline racks on one know what I'm saying....; )

Thankfully mine was short lived and only in training as the F4 was phased out before I made my way to a Squadron...and even at that my time as a Ordie in a Squadron was humping missiles/cranking guns....no bombs (F14).

Still cool birds though....always reminds me of The Great Santini...

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Old July 28th, 2016, 09:55 AM   #3
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If you have never seen a Phantom fly by then you have missed a real treat in life.
I saw a F4 Phantom fly over our FSB (Veghel) in early August of 1970, some 500 ft. off the top of the base. I was standing on top of section 2 powder bunker when he came back on his 2nd pass through the valley. What a sight and sound as he past overhead. We had heard later that the King of the Hill (Lt. Colonel) was not to happy having his FSB buzzed by some fighter jet jockey.



The 2nd section powder bunker is in the foreground behind the 175mm self-propelled howitzer.


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Old July 28th, 2016, 12:04 PM   #4
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Bad backs was no joke. I spent time in a RF-4C reccon squadron the last year of my career. Camera systems in the nose of those birds. everybody in that shop who had more than three years on the flight line had a scar in the middle of their back. A few who got them sooner.
Should have issued purple hearts with that surgery.

Still there's something about those flying rocks.

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Old July 28th, 2016, 02:29 PM   #5
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Their life isn't necessarily over when they are used as drones. F-22's from Tyndall AFB shoot them down over the Gulf of Mexico. The downed drone is recovered by an Air Force drone recovery boat and they are brought back to Tyndall and either repaired or used for parts. They will fly many more times before their life is over. I see the QF-4's and QF-16's fly over almost daily. I'm pretty sure they would have run out of them a long time ago if they weren't repairing and recycling them.

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I worked on F4s in the late 60s in the avionics shop. Like all of us dinosaurs, nothing lasts forever.


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Spent many a sleepless night listening to those birds doing "touch-n-go" while stationed at Shaw AFB.

Thanks for the walk down memory lane, Andy.


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I've witnessed many an air strike by Phantoms, and A-4's, and F-8's, and Spads, and B-52's ......

BTW, ExUSNOrdie, in the book The Great Santini, the squadron Meacham was in flew F-8 Crusaders. The F-8 had been phased out by the time the movie was made so they substituted F-4's. F-4's were great to watch, particularly when they took off and left two very large black smoke trails behind them. The AF painted their F-4's in Vietnam in a camouflage pattern and I remember there was one sitting in the weeds at the end of the airstrip at Dong Ha. Always wondered what caused that aircraft to be there.

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I humped bombs on F4Ds for almost friggin years ! I was the ground man the whole time.
Always wished I could have been attached to a F105 outfit ! Lucky I spent the last part of my hitch in the weapons/gun shops

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Correction....Almost two friggin years

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I was in the Air Guard at Reno, NV from 1983 to 1986. They were flying F4's at the time as recon aircraft. There was always lot's of smoke and thunder when they took off in pairs..

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Funny, . . . not perfectly true all the time, . . .

But even today, . . . I equate safety and security with the sound of those birds flying by.

I don't know that any of them actually "saved my bacon", . . . but I'm sure they had a hand in the insurance of my bacon.

Loved to watch em launch of the old Coral Sea, . . .

Oh, well, . . . too many memories.

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I saw a F4 Phantom fly over our FSB (Veghel) in early August of 1970, some 500 ft. off the top of the base. I was standing on top of section 2 powder bunker when he came back on his 2nd pass through the valley. What a sight and sound as he past overhead. We had heard later that the King of the Hill (Lt. Colonel) was not to happy having his FSB buzzed by some fighter jet jockey.



The 2nd section powder bunker is in the foreground behind the 175mm self-propelled howitzer.

I got that beat!! When I was a kid (maybe 6yo) my Uncle took me and my Cousin out fishing on his boat in Lake Champlain Vt.. When we got out too his fishing spot, my Uncle heard a familiar sound and said look up as he pointed out the area they were flying in and proudly proclaimed that what I worked on during the War. A few mins later they came around real low over the water and blasted us. The first felt like it was about 50ft off the water! The volume of the woooshing air was incredible then the second one passed over about 75ft overhead 2 sec later, he rolled coals as he banked away and roar was incredibly thunderous!!!

As a kid that was the coolest thing I had even seen, but my Uncle was not impressed. He was so hot, it was the hottest I had ever seen him in my life, talk about murder in his eyes that was it. He was ticked off for wreaking his day of fishing out with the boy's. So he fired up the boat and too be honest he was pushing it too shore pretty hard. When we got back too the house he was on the phone too Plattsburg AFB and asked too speak too someone in Air-Ops. I don't know who he spoke too, but it was someone with some power. When he introduced himself it was Grand Isle Sheriff John Lawrence and that he would appreciate it if those fly boy's could keep it under mach 2 and off the deck while he was out fishing!

Now many years later, I still think it was the coolest thing too not just see but also feel. However I also understand why my Uncle was bent out of shape, I like fish and I like too fish but it was a assume trade off just the same. For my Uncle I think he had enough F4's fly byes from the time he spent in Thailand.

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Old July 28th, 2016, 08:30 PM   #14
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Bad backs was no joke. I spent time in a RF-4C reccon squadron the last year of my career. Camera systems in the nose of those birds. everybody in that shop who had more than three years on the flight line had a scar in the middle of their back. A few who got them sooner.
Should have issued purple hearts with that surgery.

Still there's something about those flying rocks.
I was at Ft.Hood in '74-'75. We'd always hear them, then see F-4C's during III Corps CTX's. You could always follow them by the twin smoke trails from the engines. They flew in from Bergstrom AFB. -Lloyd

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Old July 28th, 2016, 10:30 PM   #15
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I have three good Phantom memories. Twice I was up in the Adirondacks when the earth shook with a tremendous boom, followed by the sound a jet fading over the horizon. I managed to catch just a glimpse one of those times.

The other one was when I was riding my bike across town in NJ when a pair of Phantoms ripped the sky overhead in a tight turn at about 200'.

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