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Old 26th Apr 2016, 15:34
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Suspect the picture was taken sometime prior to 1976 as LT A T Davies was somewhere else at the time of publication.
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On the other hand, it may not be him in the aircraft. Or, the name may not have been changed from his previous tour.
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Old 26th Apr 2016, 15:59
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Many thanks Twothree

Slowly we unravel the detail ...
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Old 26th Apr 2016, 16:53
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And another thing? Fletchers or centre-tank? And the Sparrow? Perhaps that might help with the actual date of the pic.
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Both are contactable but I would need to check with Taff.
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Many thanks Blaenffynnon

Clearly only if the guys would like to join us ... They would be most welcome
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Getting there...........
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Coff,

You have a PM.

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TN ...

You have a reply

Best ...

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This weeks contribution...
(all images credit & copyright - Rob Schleiffert (flickr)

F-4G 69-0277/WW - 4485th TS, Det.5


FGR.2 XV419/AA - 19 Sqn


RF-4EJ 87-6406 - 501 Hikotai


And last, but by no means least, the very last F-4 ever built (by MHI in Japan) and delivered to the JASDF on 20th May 1981 (still in service with 301 Hikotai)...
F-4EJ Kai 17-8440 - 306 Hikotai


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All these years later and it still looks menacing.
I reckon it's something about the combination of anhedral tailplane and the dihedral wingtips.
That and the knowledge of the power needed to accelerate something of that size and weight to Mach 2+.
All hail the mighty toom.
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Tartare ...

You are spot on with your comments ... Forget all this 4th/5th Generation nonsense
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Old 7th May 2016, 07:42
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Actually, I have unresolved F-4 issues from my childhood.
Dad comes back to NZ from the UK.
From Harrods I gets the Dinky Toy Harrier with the switch on top that rotates the nozzles and retracts the centre gear at the same time, and the Dinky Toy Jag with the plastic canopy that springs open and ejects the dayglo orange pilot.
Well he got lost in a couple of days.
But my younger sister - my bleedin' sister gets the Dinky Toy grey USS Saratoga F-4 with the white plastic detachable Sarjent Fletchers!!!
Dead envious I were.
Never been the same since.
Not even the Dinky Toy Tonka with the swing wings, or the Sea King that had a battery powered rotor and could winch up the plastic Apollo 11 capsule it came with could make up for it.
There was something covetous about that Phantom... I'd nick it, but she always found it...
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One of the nick names the Toom had over the years was "The Double Ugly". Never saw it myself, a lot is said about its brute power, but I've always thought it looked like an aircraft, certainly looks aerodynamic and pleasing to my eye anyway. I must dig the slides out, scanned and posted on here.
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There you go ... this thread also offers much needed therapy for many of us !
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DG ... Yes please ! No need to delay until next Friday ...
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Yes, I know it's not Friday yet ... but a couple of pics worth sharing I thought



Image Credit : Unknown

892 NAS embarked on HMS Ark Royal, again probably early 70's



Image Credit : Unknown

153 of 767 NAS (OCU) early 70's I guess ... location unknown (anyone what to have a stab ? I'm not sure it's Yeovilton)

Sorry I can't readily tie-up Airframe Serial No's on these pics

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Old 8th May 2016, 22:21
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Coff, 153 of 767 NAS is XT868. It was lost later in a horrible accident at Leuchars on the 12/5/78. The second link has a few personal accounts of the accident...

https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=82623

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Many thanks RP
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Just to help our good friend Tartare with a spot of long awaited therapy ...



Sorry USS Saratoga variant/decals... But might be of some help

Clearly the Sargent Fletchers have been lost ...

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PS. Some of these Dinky Models if ... "Mint In Box" ... go for +200 or so
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