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Old 27th Apr 2014, 14:07
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Phantom Friday

Last Friday on Twitter there was a #PhantomFriday thread which prompted a number of cracking F4 images to be posted. Quite a few US images but a good showing from the RN and RAF from various sources

Just thought that the PPRuNe F4 "connoisseurs" might like a heads up ...

https://twitter.com/search?src=typd&q=%23Phantomfriday

Here are a couple of examples ...



I particularly liked this 23 Squadron shot ... clearly taken way down south.



To those that posted these images ... a BIG thanks for sharing
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Old 28th Apr 2014, 05:35
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Your second shot is a classic, but I love the first one, with the ground crew bowing to the two-winged master race.
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Absolute quality Coff, thanks for posting
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Old 28th Apr 2014, 05:49
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Is the second photo the following one in the sequence where the F4 is just above the wire and of course to the right and out front of the farm ?

Maybe someone who knows who did what can say.
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Old 28th Apr 2014, 13:00
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Pic 1 is Leuchars and I guess early 70`s before the Jubilee radome paintwork.
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Old 28th Apr 2014, 15:03
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1976 (if you look at the 'uncropped' version [found via Google 'Search by Image' function] - if you scroll down the page that is linked it shows, I think, the jubilee radome paintwork mentioned above - although the '77' in 1974 is a bit confusing!)).

Curious why they all appear to have the same tail letter (R) - they have different nose numbers. Is/was this a FAA thing?
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PPRuNe small-mindedness strikes again.

Try here instead.

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Old 28th Apr 2014, 15:49
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Wrathmonk,

The letter R indicates that they are from HMS Ark Royal. 892 NAS had a hard base at Leuchars when ashore.
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The "R" was to denote the ship they embarked on, the Ark, the numbers were codes, similar to tail codes.
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Yes Wrathmonk, the "R" on the tail stands for "Ark Royal". Each aircraft carrier was/is/will be assigned a different letter for identification purposes. FAA bases have two letter tailcodes, i.e. "VL" Yeovilton.
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Old 28th Apr 2014, 17:26
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I thought it was because they are a professional of Pirates, ARRRRRRRRR!
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Old 28th Apr 2014, 20:22
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And is still called the Ark Royal hangar.
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For the Phantophiles

After the 2014 Yeovilton Air Day, a pic similar to this appeared in the local rag (Western Gazette)


the caption read:
SUPER SONIC: A Royal Navy Phantom jet on standby ahead of taking to the air. The first Phantom was the Supersonic Aircraft Carrier Fighter Jet. It was used in military operations between 1968 and 1978.

So now we know.

Here's another nice photo though. Pity 892 never received the AIM-9L.



And here's an oldie you MIGHT have missed earlier:


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Your second shot is a classic, but I love the first one, with the ground crew bowing to the two-winged master race.
Far from it, they were probably closely examining to see if the pilot was female, it's very difficult to tell, because the the two winged race were not known for being well endowed..
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I think it's on 7th November.


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Old 1st Aug 2014, 11:57
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Can it be Phantom Phriday every week please?
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Old 1st Aug 2014, 12:26
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And is still called the Ark Royal hangar.
Soon to be full of RBATs, no doubt.
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Originally Posted by Minnie Burner View Post
the caption read:
SUPER SONIC: A Royal Navy Phantom jet on standby ahead of taking to the air. The first Phantom was the Supersonic Aircraft Carrier Fighter Jet. It was used in military operations between 1968 and 1978.

So now we know.

Here's another nice photo though. Pity 892 never received the AIM-9L.
Nor the ILS antennae on the fin or the ex-Cheftain sight for the Observer!

Presumably that's XV586 that used to be 43 Squadron's pet at Leuchars (Now performing a smiilar function at Yeovilton) - nice repaint!
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India 4 - you stole my line! Nice pics tho..
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