Archive for the ‘F-4’ Category

The USAF’s 2016 Phinal Phantom II Tour

The USAF’s 2016 Phinal Phantom II Tour Photographic coverage by: Joe Kates, Ulrich Seibicke, Scott Jankowski, Mark Hrutkay, Beau Goff, Bob Shane, and Scott Zeno. Story by Ken Kula with Steve Lewis After 53 years of service and having five main versions of the airframe produced, the last United States Air Force examples of the […]

The USAF Wild Weasel Mission Surpasses Fifty Years

Slightly more than half a century ago, a new U. S. Air Force mission – that of a high importance – was assigned to a handful of pilots and electronic warfare officers. Their mission was to offer a solution to the critical task of defeating the newest and very lethal Soviet Bloc SA-2 anti-aircraft missiles […]

A Grand Phinale at Holloman AFB

 Lt. Col. Ron “Elvis” King taxies QF-4E 74-1638 back to the ramp The U.S. Air Force retired its final McDonnell Douglas/Boeing QF-4 Phantom IIs on December 21, 2016. The jets were the last of the line… more than four thousand airframes of various versions were manufactured for the Air Force. The first version flew in […]

Phancon 2016 Phetes the Phinal U.S. QF-4 Phantoms!

Photos by Howard German, except where noted. Just how did the F-4 Phantom II Society fete the farewell for their favorite U.S. military jet fighter? Well, during a Phancon, of course. Who is this Society and what do they do? To use the organization’s own words: “…The F-4 Society is dedicated to the preservation of […]