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Old 24th Jul 2016, 19:35
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If I may make a comment on the book "Phantom Boys" . Like all of this series it is excellent and many of us will know the characters and incidents so well reported. My only regret is that it seems to be dominated by the AD guys. 6 and 41( in particular) are ignored ,although they deployed to Cyprus in '74 to face off the Turkish invasion. 41 swept the board in RAF competitions in '75 ( and come to think of it 2 Squadron don't feature much either).

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Old 25th Jul 2016, 05:39
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A second Harrier Boys is due out in a few days so it's possible a second Phantom Boys may appear. Not many stories from RN aircrew either so add them in with 6 and 41 then you have enough for another book.
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Old 25th Jul 2016, 07:58
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A second Phantom boys is in the pipeline.
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Old 28th Jul 2016, 11:09
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Got J79?

Some pretty nice helmet cam and ground-based video of two F-4s arriving at Oshkosh this week:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVfUtgABNbM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40fY2IC-RLU
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Old 28th Jul 2016, 11:16
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Excellent pictures Baggie, thanks
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Old 28th Jul 2016, 12:15
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Thanks Vzlet. Those Phantoms are all due to be demilled, rendered unflyable and sent to a bombing range soon. Such a shame, I well remember watching F-4 TACEVAL airfield attacks from my bedroom window at Odiham, and catching the occasional glimpse of RAF and German F-4s through the trees while visiting Rhinedalen as a kid.
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Old 29th Jul 2016, 21:51
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This Friday's offering comes in the form of the story of 'FANGO 45', an Idaho ANG RF-4C that found itself in a spot of bother (took a 20lb Tundra Swan through a windscreen side-panel) during a twilight low-level sortie, and the help rendered by another Idaho RF-4C crew, 'FANGO 43'.
An interesting read...

The amazing rescue of Fango 45 - Flight Journal

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Old 5th Aug 2016, 07:32
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I was at Oskosh and saw the two QF-4s arrive and then give a display later in the airshow. Note that the back seats have been removed.





Very nice displays although they didn't do a low and slow blown-flap pass, which was my favourite Phantom display. One of them had a very weak afterburner. What would cause that?

As Vzlet posted, there are some nice Youtube videos. I particularly like the helmet-cam one, as I spotted my tent during one of the cross-wind legs!
Note the Garmin GPS in the centre of the panel.





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Old 16th Sep 2016, 19:55
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If any of you get the chance I would thoroughly recommend Richard Graham lecture on the Wild Weasels. we had him at Cambridge RAeS last night. Some of you will know Rich from the SR71. He spoke last night about his time in Vietnam. I understand he is in the UK for a few weeks yet. You may catch him at Duxford under the SR71.
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Old 15th Nov 2016, 22:17
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QF-4E - Final Appearance At Aviation Nation - Nellis AFB

The QF-4E made it's final appearance at the Nellis AFB's Aviation Nation - my "local" airshow - this last weekend.

Video by the excellent videographer spencerhughes2255 - start taxy and flying from 3:38

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TtxTF9BHKM

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Old 16th Nov 2016, 15:42
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Hot news for modellers!

Airfix have just announced that they will be producing a 1/72 Spey powered Phantom in 2017. Best information to hand suggests it will be the FG 1 and due out around October '17. Just in time for Christmas!

Hopefully they will also release it as the FGR 2 later, as there is a much wider selection of colours and units available with that version. In any event, the new Airfix kits are superb, so the old girl may finally be give plastic justice.

I know Fujimi did both versions 20 or so years ago. Sadly these kits are very rare and you need a second mortgage to buy them....

Start counting down Chaps!!
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Old 23rd Nov 2016, 22:28
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QF-4E in Star Wars Canyon

Low level in HD with nice J79 sound.

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Old 24th Nov 2016, 01:54
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EngO,

Great find - I like the RT call - "Jedi Transition"

Star Wars Canyon is actually Rainbow Canyon alongside Highway 190 as it climbs out of the Panamint Valley (west of Death Valley). The best vantage point is the Father Crowley Lookout. If you are visiting Death Valley, it's well worth the trip west to spend some time at the Lookout - take a lunch (and plenty of water) and watch for the high-speed passes. Best not to do this in the summer.

More information and some great videos here:
The Jedi Transition: A Canyon That Fighter Pilots Love To Scream Through

If you are feeling adventurous, you can hike the canyon, but it requires four rappels/abseils!
Rainbow Canyon, Death Valley - Christopher E. Brennen
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Old 24th Nov 2016, 15:33
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India Four Two,

Thanks - I'll check that out sometime.

More of the QF-4E at Star Wars Canyon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvV1gIrZWpY

QF-4E flying at Holloman AFB: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjZE5ZzFwNo
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Old 26th Nov 2016, 10:51
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A bit OT perhaps, but what was everybody's fav scheme? I do like the Asian camo scheme on that second toom BUT for me it has to be the European 1 lizard (?) scheme, boy it looked MEAN in typical wet dingy winter weather (and of course I can't now find an appropriate image...)
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Old 26th Nov 2016, 11:37
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Black Mike for me, closely followed by the Playboy bunny F4.
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Old 26th Nov 2016, 12:33
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Best RAF one for me was the 43 Sqn jet, (XV571?), that had 4 large black and white checks and a large fighting cock on the tail. Only saw it once fighting with a Sea Harrier over the borders, never photographed it. Best one I photographed was a 57FIS from Rekyavik that visited Lossie late 70's and it had the Asian scheme and the tail was Black and White checks.
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Old 26th Nov 2016, 12:34
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Favourite camo scheme(s) for me are...

Euro 1 (Lizard)

( © Unknown/Via Aeroslides/Peter Greengrass Collection )

Closely followed by RAF Grey/Green

( © Wieland Stolze )

Closely followed by SEA Wraparound with low-viz national insignia

( © Thomas Westhoff-Düppmann )

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Old 26th Nov 2016, 14:49
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OT-May make some spit. lol




I don't think it takes too much imagination to visualise this from above flying over typical Germany countryside on a driech day..movement or not I think you'd need a reflection or reheat plume to spot it; bit different of it skylines on you mind..

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Old 26th Nov 2016, 14:58
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Originally Posted by glad rag
A bit OT perhaps, but what was everybody's fav scheme?
These two for me.




But I also do like the early colourful USN scheme's like this 'Jolly Rogers' one.

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