8 minutes of F-4 Phantom goodness.

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  1. GeorgiaGlocker

    GeorgiaGlocker Philippians 4: 6-7

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    Great video. Thanks for posting. The first time I saw a F4 Phantom fly they were painted like this:

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  2. Collo Rosso

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    Late 70's I did 2 Med deployments aboard the Saratoga (CV60). Us and the Forrestal were the last operational carriers with Phantoms. Leaky bastards. What was the old adage about the F-4? " proof that if you apply enough horsepower, you can make a rock fly".
     
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  3. Tomcat1977

    Tomcat1977 "Cynical Little me"

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    Yeah I was in the area at the time and there were a lot of F4's on the NATO bases.

    When we had to film a Titan missile going up only a Phantom could stay with it long enough to shoot the film. Thats how fast they were, we had some of the older J79s that smoked like all get out.

    Gulf-1 was their final dance. The F4 Wild Weasel's just smoked the Iraqi SAM sites eventually making them terrified to even turn them on.
     
  4. WeeWilly

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    One of the all time greats.

    The Ford 1 Ton of fighters.
     
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  5. OGW

    OGW SAF

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    My best friend in high school was an F-4 pilot.
     
  6. bipe215

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    Beautiful video. Thanks for posting. I always thought the F-4 just looked “right”
     
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  7. Caver 60

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    F-4 did great things in Nam.

    An Army friend of mine had his and his squads 'bacon' saved by an F-4 driver. Two guys in my pilot training class were shot down flying F-4's.

    One guy was a POW at the Hanoi Hilton from 67 until the POW's were released. He has a website which I've visited. The other guys remains were found in 1988.

    General Robin Olds flew many heroic missions over there. Just search his name. Here's one hit.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/20/us/20olds.html

    Edited to add: A Bomb Wing Commander of mine was Robin's back seater for a while. That was in the days when the (GIB) 'Guy In the Back seat' was a fully rated pilot. That commander also retired as a Lt General. He was a great guy and I enjoyed having a staff job under his command. He also has a website.
     
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  8. Fatboy2001

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    Proof, "tanks can fly".
    Thanks for posting - a good friend flew them in Vietnam - that was his phrase. :flag:
     
  9. Will Beararms

    Will Beararms Millennium Member

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    At my first job out of college in 1988, our Coporate Operations Manager, Bill Rath, was a Marine F4 Pilot in Vietnam. He was huge and one of the last men of his stature Uncle Sam allowed in a cockpit. In addition to that, he is brilliant. Thanks for sharing.
     
  10. OXMYX

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    I've been on both those CV's.

    Sara was based outta Mayport. You should have seen the Tomcat land on her. :animlol:
     
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    Good posting OXMYX.

    My only comment is on what may be a technical error early in the video. I don't think those were 1,000 pound bombs being loaded onto the F-4's. Not unless they made them in a different configuration for fighters, than what I was familiar with.

    The one thousand pound bombs I'm familiar with, were bigger. We occasional carried 1,000 pounders early on in the war. But generally even in the B-52, 750's were the biggest bombs we carried. And they were quite a bit fatter.

    I could be wrong?
     
  13. The Fist Of Goodness

    The Fist Of Goodness

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    My dad told me about getting close air support from a flight of F4s that were so low their afterburners lit the treetops on fire.

    I was about 8 or 9 and was going to be a fighter pilot, so I asked my mom to walk me to the Air Force recruiting station so I could talk to the recruiters. They were nice enough to give me some color prints of F-4s and F-5s they had on hand. The F-4 was always one of my favorites. We used to see them flying around over my neighborhood in Philly, either from Maguire AFB or Willow Grove NAS. I once saw a pretty low fly-by with a B-52 with four F-4s in formation (had to be an air show at WG NAS). I always stopped to watch when I heard their engines.
     
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    Robin Olds was my Wing Commander at RAF Bentwaters /RAF Woodbridge - 81st TFW in Ipswich, England in early 1960's. A heck of a nice man. He and Daniel "Chappie" James were some Bad Dudes!



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  15. G19Tony

    G19Tony Sneet CLM

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    Blackman and Robin. You should read Robins book.
     
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    Roger that, I always thought that the F-4 looked like a 5000 gallon tanker with stub wings.

    It’s predecessor, the handsome Republic F-105 may still be the fastest fighter ever made beneath 10,000 feet.
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    One of the pilots I fly with is a former Air Force test pilot who flew the “Thud” in Vietnam in the “Wild Weasel” mission, a pre-requisite for which is titanium testicles.
     
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  18. helidude350

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    Last I heard, they are painting the nose, tail, and wingtips orange , flying them to Florida for Target practice.
     
  19. G19Tony

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    All the F-4's have been shot down. They're using F-16's now.
     
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