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The F-4 Phantom Is About to Make Its Last Flight

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Thanks, old friend. You served us well.

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Seems like America has been getting a weaker and weaker Military ,

In the last 8 years ?

 

I hope we Trump some of them bad decisions .

And Make America Great and Strong Again !

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It was the plane that inspired me to become a pilot. It had the most radical design I had ever seen which I thought was cool. That was before I came to understand aerodynamics.

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The F-4 is proof positive you can make a brick fly. With enough thrust

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Even though I never flew jset, the F4 Phantom was one of my favorites. I got to sit in one at an airshow at Fairchild AFB in 1975. I was in 8th grade and it was already a tight fit.

 

Awesome plane.

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I started my Navy Career working on F-4's

 

The F-4 Phantom Is About to Make Its Last Flight

 

The last flight occurred on December 21st

 

I was stationed at Luke AFB in 73, and we had a dozen or so squadrons of F-4's there. Three German F-104 squadrons as well.

Watching the F-4 take of on AB at sunset was a glory to behold, however all the homeowners down the flight path would call to

complain about kerosene on their pools later. It was a magnificent war fighter that could take a pounding and deliver one in turn.

 

The 555th brought the first squadron of F-15's to Luke whilst I was there, and frankly, I never would have believed how much better

a combat plane could be. It was a quantum leap improvement, and a far and away better aircraft. In spite of that though, I still

love the look and sound of that ugly war horse.

SC

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However, my favorite all time jet fighter is the F-86. Most beautiful air frame ever.

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First time I saw the Thunderbirds they were flying F-4s. Needless to say that was awhile back. Always thought it was the most badass looking fighter, possibly ever!

JHC

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