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Old 20th May 2016, 07:49
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CS - re the UK- Singapore record.

We called it SAR escort; went West from Changi, then turned round and came back so as to 'allow' the F-4s to pass overhead, as we were down about 2000ft, and they proceeded on their merry way to Tengah. I covered the second pair - our sortie was almost as long as their time from the UK - but at least we had Honkers Stew and a toilet!

Shortly afterwards a Boeing 707 (I think from Singapore Airlines) beat the record as well, but wasn't trumpeted quite as loudly.

Sorry; should have added airborne SAR cover for transiting fast jets over both Indian Ocean was a fairly standard task. The Indian ocean was covered by Shacks from Sharjah and Gan, whilst we took them from roughly mid point Gan to Singapore - the idea being if anything did go wrong any one of us could be on scene relatively quickly. The Singapore - Autralia route was less often covered, and more normally for Royal Flights (on one occasion we covered Prince Charles trip to Darwin - we left Changi 2 hours before he landed there, he passed over us as we were half way, and landed 2 hours after he left. He did at least leave a case of cold beer for us, but unfortunately the Aussies just left the empty bottles!).

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Old 20th May 2016, 07:58
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Thanks for that Shackman

It's the additional side stories, like yours, that bring the headline event to life ... The SAR 'cover' being very important
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There is a link with the on-going story!
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OK MB you've grabbed my attention ... Spill the beans
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Old 20th May 2016, 12:50
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Originally Posted by CoffmanStarter
OK MB you've grabbed my attention ... Spill the beans
My guess is that the Black Bunny F-4 in the photo is the F-4J that became ZE352 in RAF service.....??



A more recent photo of ZE352

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Old 20th May 2016, 13:14
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Originally Posted by GeeRam
My guess is that the Black Bunny F-4 in the photo is the F-4J that became ZE352 in RAF service.....??
No, the jet in Minnie Burner's pic (155539) is an F-4S. ZE352 was formerly F-4J 153783, the RAF's F-4J's were brought up to F-4S spec, but minus the leading edge slats.

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In that case........I'm intrigued as well as to the connection....
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US Navy F-4's in classic hi-viz/full colour squadron markings...

This weeks offering for your consideration...

(All photos credit & copyright - A.Watanabe)

F-4N 153065/ND-206 - VF-302 'Stallions'
NAS Miramar, August 1975


F-4N 151006/NF-102 - VF-161 'Chargers'
NAF Atsugi, November 1976


F-4J 158351/NE-113 - VF-154 'Black Knights'
NAS Miramar, August 1975


F-4N 150634/NF-207 - VF-151 'Vigilantes'
NAF Atsugi, November 1976


F-4N 150475/NL-213 - VF-111 'Sundowners'
NAS Miramar, August 1975


F-4J 158378/NE-200 - VF-21 'Freelancers'
NAS Miramar, August 1975


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Rhino ... Pics not showing this end old chap
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Originally Posted by CoffmanStarter
Rhino ... Pics not showing this end old chap
That's weird, I can see them on my pc...

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*edit* - scratch that, just cleared my browser cache and now I can't see them either! Will try again later...

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There is a link with the on-going story!
OK, it was tenuous. The Tiger II reminded me of the fate of the "FEAF Tiger" subsequent to the Ghost Trail. (And what happened to the 'surplus' F-4Ks).
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Thanks for clearing that up MB
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Trial camouflage?

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Old 27th May 2016, 09:30
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Originally Posted by nipva

Told you not to use T-Cut !!!
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I like the hi-tech 'brackets' securing the lighting rig...

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I like the hi-tech 'brackets' securing the lighting rig
What's the problem? Solid as a rock!
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27th May 1958...

On this day, Bob Little took to the air for the very first time in F4H-1 142295, marking the maiden flight of what was to become the Phantom II and thus, the beginning of the first 58 years of flight of the world's greatest ever Jet fighter!





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A fitting tribute RP
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Was the 2nd seat an after-thought? Or was the prototype built differently?

Ahhh ... Wiki explains that, and much more.
the canopy was reworked to improve visibility and make the rear cockpit less claustrophobic.
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Originally Posted by MPN11
Was the 2nd seat an after-thought? Or was the prototype built differently?
All the prototype F-4's were designed for two seats, but the early jets were only fitted with the pilot's seat. The redesigned canopy (and raised cockpit floor) was as a result of early crews complaining of poor visibility, the revised profile canopy was fitted from aircraft No.19 (Block 3, BuNo 146817).

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