F-4 Phantom II

Introducing a run of F-4 Phantom II posts;

Below;  a U.S. Navy McDonnell F-4B-9-MC Phantom II (BuNo 149426) of Fighter Squadron VF-143 "Pukin' Dogs" aboard the aircraft carrier USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31). VF-143 was assigned to Carrier Air Wing 14 (CVW-14) aboard the USS Constellation (CVA-64). This aircraft landed either by mistake or due to an emergency aboard the small Essex-class carrier which did not operate the F-4. It was common to paint "visiting" aircraft with comments (see: "Down Bird"; "Train your troops"; "If you can't fly 'em park 'em"; "Captured by the Bonnie D!ck CVA 31").

Takashi Takeda photo

Takashi Takeda photos

Launch of 892 Sq FAA F-4 from Ark Royal displaying the 'final tour' crest on the radome. Via Gordon Lewis on the British Phantoms Facebook Group

"On the prowl..." Picture by and © Gokhan Topuzelli. Current header photo of the FB F-4 Group

Line-up of British Phantoms, Wattisham photo-call 1992 via Charlie Brown

Kostas Asimakopoulos photo

Greeks are the best low-level F-4 E operators!

Beautiful red-tailed 56 Sqd RAF F-4 Queen's Silver Jubilee Flypast aircraft awaiting takeoff at Wattisham. Much more on British Phantoms on this blog soon

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