Military Aviation A forum for the professionals who fly military hardware. Also for the backroom boys and girls who support the flying and maintain the equipment, and without whom nothing would ever leave the ground. All armies, navies and air forces of the world equally welcome here.

Phantom Friday

Old 28th Mar 2021, 14:13
  #721 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Former Home of the Hercules, Wilts
Posts: 303
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I love this thread it reminds me of the great Air Force I joined and not the pathetic RAF I left 39 years later!
WE992 is offline  
Old 28th Mar 2021, 16:33
  #722 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: May 1999
Location: Quite near 'An aerodrome somewhere in England'
Posts: 26,255
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
That 892 Sqn commissioning clip brought back memories! The pilot of the Sea Venom, the late John 'Farmer' Steele, was a great family friend with a fine sense of humour. His description of the event was hilarious and he had visions of foam splattering the brass in their best sailor suits. Which didn't actually happen, of course.

As an ex-Vampire T11 CFS A1 QFI, he doubtless found the actual landing quite straightforward.
BEagle is offline  
Old 30th Apr 2021, 12:50
  #723 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: GOC
Posts: 32
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
43 Sqn Hybrid


43 Sqn Reunion June 1976
essdee is offline  
Old 30th Apr 2021, 17:27
  #724 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: NEW YORK
Posts: 1,351
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally Posted by WE992 View Post
I love this thread it reminds me of the great Air Force I joined and not the pathetic RAF I left 39 years later!
Not sure that you'd want credit(?) for that.
etudiant is offline  
Old 27th May 2021, 21:14
  #725 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Nevada, USA
Posts: 1,441
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
First flight of the YF4H-1 63 years ago today 27 May 1958.

https://www.thisdayinaviation.com/27-may-1958/




RAFEngO74to09 is offline  
Old 27th May 2021, 22:50
  #726 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Here and there.
Posts: 1,054
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
This just popped onto my facetube page:

It'll take a few of you back in time.

SATCOS WHIPPING BOY is online now  
Old 27th May 2021, 23:19
  #727 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: the far south
Posts: 559
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Shot down USN F-4B in the Hanoi Air Force Museum


typerated is offline  
Old 19th Jun 2021, 00:51
  #728 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: somerset
Posts: 109
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally Posted by typerated View Post
Shot down USN F-4B in the Hanoi Air Force Museum




Not sure what that canopy is from, but it didnít come with the rest of it.
garyscott is offline  
Old 19th Jun 2021, 00:57
  #729 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: the far south
Posts: 559
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally Posted by garyscott View Post
Not sure what that canopy is from, but it didnít come with the rest of it.
F-105 Thud
typerated is offline  
Old 7th Dec 2021, 00:30
  #730 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Nevada, USA
Posts: 1,441
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
62 years ago today - 6 Dec 59 - Operation TOP FLIGHT
XF4H-1 performed a zoom climb to a world record 98,557 ft
This record and others in the archive video


RAFEngO74to09 is offline  
Old 7th Dec 2021, 01:32
  #731 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Australia
Posts: 974
Likes: 0
Received 5 Likes on 1 Post
Not sure what that canopy is from, but it didn’t come with the rest of it.
Same goes for the propeller!
Lookleft is offline  
Old 7th Dec 2021, 14:48
  #732 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Balmullo,Scotland
Posts: 932
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Saintsman View Post
Looking through some old photos, I came across this one. Taken at Akrotiri in 83 or 84.


I was there with 43 in 1984
matkat is offline  
Old 7th Dec 2021, 17:53
  #733 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: UK
Posts: 763
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
43 was one of the squadrons that operated from Akrotiri on Operation Pulsator from Sep 83 to April 84 (56 was the other). Great times having their support and doing affil with them! And then there was the chicken at the dining in night for their departure ....
LOMCEVAK is offline  
Old 8th Dec 2021, 12:03
  #734 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Once a Squirrel Heaven (or hell!), Shropshire UK
Posts: 811
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
And who exactly took the press (BBC et al) across to Beirut so they could film the 'first RAF aircraft over Beirut' - 8 Sqn Chinooks had already commenced operations into Beirut.

PS What happened to the piece of 'Beirut Rock' we bought back for you (actually from one of the HLS's we were using).
Shackman is offline  
Old 7th Jan 2022, 20:03
  #735 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Hanging off the end of a thread
Posts: 25,660
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Noticed this appeared on YouTube on Boxing Day



NutLoose is online now  
Old 7th Jan 2022, 23:59
  #736 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: May 1999
Location: Quite near 'An aerodrome somewhere in England'
Posts: 26,255
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
RAFG F-4s at Goose on the way to Red Flag 5 Oct 1988:



Taken by yours truly from the flight deck of our VC10K3 ZA150. The late RFK was the co-pilot; after the last bracket we landed at Lincon Nebraska whilst the F-4s continued to Nellis.

Last edited by BEagle; 8th Jan 2022 at 00:14.
BEagle is offline  
Old 8th Jan 2022, 00:23
  #737 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: The Winchester
Posts: 6,375
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally Posted by RAFEngO74to09 View Post
62 years ago today - 6 Dec 59 - Operation TOP FLIGHT
XF4H-1 performed a zoom climb to a world record 98,557 ft
This record and others in the archive video


THE RECORD BREAKING F-4 PHANTOM II FIGHTER AIRCRAFT MCDONNELL FILM 81264 - YouTube
A bit late on parade with this one but the Lt R F Gordon mentioned in the Project Lana segment of the YouTube video was Dick Gordon of NASA, Gemini 11 and Apollo 12 fame.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_F._Gordon_Jr.

FWIW John Young also set a couple of time to climb world records in the F-4 prior to him dabbling with being an astronaut for a little while…

A phenomenal performer in it’s day with the J79s…Of course as I’m know you are well aware UK Gov in their wisdom ordered theirs with Spey engines……..

Last edited by wiggy; 8th Jan 2022 at 00:33.
wiggy is offline  
Old 8th Jan 2022, 09:58
  #738 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Eastern Cape, South Africa
Posts: 122
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
...but the Speys didn't give your position away quite so easily!!!

(or so I was told!)
ATSA1 is offline  
Old 10th Jan 2022, 16:04
  #739 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Cheshire
Age: 81
Posts: 124
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
At 17:52 , my one and only film role demonstrating the intricacies of the Hunter stick top !
X767 is online now  
Old 28th May 2022, 00:21
  #740 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Nevada, USA
Posts: 1,441
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
First flight of the YF4H-1 64 years ago today 27 May 1958.

https://www.thisdayinaviation.com/27-may-1958/


RAFEngO74to09 is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information

Copyright © 2022 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.