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JASDF RF-4E / RF-4EJ Retired - 501 Sqn Disbanded

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JASDF RF-4E / RF-4EJ Retired - 501 Sqn Disbanded

JASDF 501 Sqn has disbanded upon retirement of its RF-4E and RF-4EJ aircraft.

Formed in 1961, 501 Sqn operated the RF-4E for 48 years from 1972.

It recently clocked up 80,000 aircraft accident-free hours - a huge achievement for nay front-line unit.

The RF-4EPhantom was the last of the mass-produced, specialized, low-level recce aircraft - replaced the RF-101C Voodoo.

The USAF operated 499 x RF-4Cs - the last of which was retired in 1995.

USAFE operated 120 aircraft in the 10 TRW at Alconbury (3 x 24-aircraft sqns) and 26 TRW at Zweibrucken (2 x 24-aircraft sqns).





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Only a year left for the JASDF's remaining F-4EJ Kai squadron now as well, 301 Hikotai...

37-8315 wearing special colours to mark 301's last year of ops.
(both images credit and copyright of Yuki Ohira)



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Brings back memories of doing Centralised Approach Control (CAC) for 10 TRW from Eastern Radar. Streams of individual aircraft (hardly ever a pair) flowing in and out, and with a very short track distance before handover to/from Northern Radar. Inbound we had about 20-30 track miles to get them into the stack level, pass the weather and hand off to RAPCON at the fix. The controller never stopped talking!!
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