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Old 8th May 2015, 19:27
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Busta-so evocative

CharlieJuliet, now that's a Sqdn foto: jets oh so slightly askew, crews [both flavours] giving it the old "it's a down day get on with it the bars open": the old kind of "so what ? give it your best shot" RAF Squadron attitude that went so sadly awry with the pc jobsworth RAF...

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Old 9th May 2015, 00:01
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Just managed to sneak these in before midnight!

35th TFW F-4E


480th TFS / 52nd TFW F-4E


81st TFS / 52nd TFW F-4E


ROKAF F-4E's


VF-301 F-4S's in the 'FERRIS' experimental Camo


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Old 15th May 2015, 17:02
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Well, I finally remembered to prepare my post in anticipation of Phantom Friday.

An F4H-1F 145310, the eleventh pre-production F4, at the Wings and Rotors Museum at the French Valley Airport, in Murrietta, California, being (slowly) restored to airworthy status:




In March, I went to French Valley Airport on business, but while I was there, I phoned the museum number and was let in to have a look around. I'm glad I did, because after viewing the static exhibits (a Huey and a Choctaw), I was invited to have a look around the maintenance hangar and there, tucked in behind a Huey and two Kiowas, was the F-4.

This was the first time I had seen an F-4 up close. I was particularly interested to see the BLC ductwork and the air distribution slots in the wing. The noise of F-4s in the circuit has always impressed me, particularly that distinctive noise when the BLC was turned on. The first time I saw F-4s was during a UAS summer camp in 1967 at Binbrook, when four USAF F-4s from Bitburg visited 5 (AC) and their F6s. For their arrival, they did a gear-down, flaps-down formation flypast. Very smoky, very noisy, very impressive! The last time I saw one was when I was living in Houston in 2001 and an ANG F-4 did a low-and-slow display over a Fourth of July parade.

More information about this restoration and the museum here:

The fight to bring to Phantom back to flight | The Tactical Air Network

http://wingsandrotors.org/phantom-f4/





It's taking a long time, but perhaps one day, we'll see an F-4 in the air with EXPERIMENTAL on the side.

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Old 15th May 2015, 18:20
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Old 15th May 2015, 20:11
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Waddo with HAS? Check Six!
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Old 15th May 2015, 20:16
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Those aren't hardened aircraft shelters, they are the nuclear SSA the other side of the A15 AT Waddington...
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P6Driver #268,

Truly great "toom" shots, The burnt turkey was always an attractive colour scheme. Thanks for sharing them.

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Old 15th May 2015, 21:28
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P6, quality pic.
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Old 15th May 2015, 23:30
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A selection from the JASDF's, Hiko Kaihatsu Jikken Dan
(credit & copyright to the original photographers)

F-4EJ 17-8301


F-4EJ 17-8301


F-4EJ 17-8301


F-4EJ Kai 07-8431


F-4EJ 07-8429


F-4EJ 77-8393


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Rhino,

Stunning shots, simply stunning. I'm awaiting delivery of Phantom Boys, I hope it lives up to the enthusiasm displayed by former operators . What a cracking aircraft though !!

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Thanks, Smudge, I just wish i'd actually taken the photos myself!

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RP - Well, at least you live in gods second best county, who cares who snapped them, the detail is great, and you posted them.

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Originally Posted by smujsmith
at least you live in gods second best county
Second best?!

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Iím a little late so this is a post about only a part of the Phantom:

LiveLeak.com - Whatever Happened to all Those USAF Fuel Tanks Jettisoned over Vietnam?
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Rhino Power,

Second best only to Staffordshire (where I'm from). My wife is born and bred Leiscestershire, and proud of it too. Keep posting those great shots of a truly great aircraft. I'm looking forward to my ore ordered copy of Phantom Boys, due in the next few weeks.

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E with its tanker hose scuff-mark......
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Not one of mine, but quite impressive :-

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Belts and braces, seemed to work most of the time.

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Looks like Stanley.

Much better to stop and then land, than land and then stop!!
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