8 minutes of F-4 Phantom goodness.

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by G19Tony, Apr 8, 2019.

  1. Russ Not the Mod

    Russ Not the Mod

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    When we were stationed in Europe during the 60's and 70's my Dad was in Photo Intel and he poured over a lot of film footage from RF-4 Phantoms.

    He eventually went on to write Protocol for Photo Intelligence for the DOD. I got some cool paperwork with the letter from DOD somewhere. The wife knows where it is.

    I've got a cool Masonic Lodge ring in the same briefcase from him.

    Thanks for bringing back good memories G19. Its getting blurry in here now. Damn old eyes.
     
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    We spent some time at RAF Upper Heyford and RAF Alconbury right about the same time. We did some TDY over to RAF Mildenhall during our stay there too.
     

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    A long time ago, I knew a guy that flew RF-4C's in Vietnam. He was shot down on one mission and spent some time in hostile territory before getting rescued. After his medical recuperation, he got a got job flying Blackbirds, a little higher and a little faster. :)
     
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    We farmed just west of Lambert Airport where McDonald Douglas was cranking out F-4s and it was very common to see and hear F-4's flying out to the west and on their way to Vietnam I guess. Later on when F-15s started to fly out from the factory I quickly learned the difference in their engine sounds. The F-4 was very different from the F-15.

    We didn't live on a farm but in a nice suburb of St. Louis where 90% of the neighbors were employed at McDonald Douglas on various projects.
     
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    At one point they had a crazy amount of f-4’s in the grave yard. All gone now.

    Awesome aircraft.
     
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    Dad was stationed at Hurlbert and Eglin from 67-74. I used to see and hear F-4's a lot. One time there was a fire power demonstration at Hurlbert and families were invited to attend. Bleachers for the visitors were set up in a very long field. At the far end of the field were some grass huts simulating a Vietnamese village. The event took place as the sun was starting to set. A C-130 gunship (I think they called it Puff the magic dragon) circled wide, raining tracer rounds from mini guns on the village. This was followed by some F-4's dropping napalm that engulfed the entire village in a big fireball. It was an impressive demonstration.

    Dad said some of the reconnaissance photographs were taken by F-4's flying just over the tree tops at a high speed. He said some of the VC's surprised facial expressions were interesting.
     
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    "F4 Pilot Drone Demonstration Team" :D


    "Cal Worthington's F4's For Sale" :laughabove:

     
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    I'll see your "Airforce and Marines" and raise you One NAVY! 1st time I ever saw one it was Blue and Gold, at Annapolis, June Week. Forget the year though... Website says 1969-1974. Lived in Annapolis and got to see them every year, through every change. But, that's for another thread...

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    T-38 Talons are very cool (supersonic) airplanes. Thornton Aviation has a low time example for sale that I'm going to have parked in my garage just as soon as I hit Lotto.
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    Hilarious! Thanks.
     
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    I knew Gen Steve Croker also...met him once or twice. Seemed like a nice guy.
     
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    He was a good man. Tough but fair. Just what a future General should be.

    I still remember the ORI just before he was promoted. The ORI was going well. I was the EWO study officer at DOX, and of course the IG always has a crew brief them on a EWO mission. The crew did a great job on the briefing. I really had nothing much to do with the great job the crew had done, other than help train them. They were a really good crew.

    When the briefing as over (on his way out the door of the briefing room) he shook my hand, looked me in the eye and said,"Thanks."
     
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    Concur, Steve Croker was great guy and commander. When he was 8th AF Commander, he was my senior rater when I was commanding the Air Support Operations Group for III Corps. That was back before they established a wing that took in all three of the stateside Air Support Operations Groups supporting the Army.
     
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    I manufactured parts for the F4 from 1988 to about 1991. At that time, they were purchased by Israel. That closed out the contracts, and our all of our production ended for that bird.
     
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    My last duty station was close to Lambert Field airport in St. Louis where M.D. did a lot of its testing. Damn those things were loud. They would shake the whole building when they flew over us.
     
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    I focused on WWII planes as a kid but built an F4 also. Thought it was bad ass looking with the curves and angles.
    Also thought the USAF camo painted ones looked the meanest!
    Saw a few at Scott AF base near my home town in IL.
     
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