Jonathan "Spartan Spawn, Sworn, Raised for Warring!"
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Figured this would be of interest for us Phantom fans.
The US Military bid a final farewell to the mighty McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II on December 21st, 2016, as the last active examples were paid off in a ceremony and brief flying display under heavily overcast skies at Holloman Air Force Base near Alamogordo, New Mexico. While the Phantom II officially retired from US front line squadron use in 1996, more than 300 examples underwent conversion into QF-4 full-scale aerial target drones over the past 30 years. These aircraft performed an essential service, both in testing the effectiveness of munitions in realistic situations, as well as providing training for fighter pilots in the art of air-to-air combat against live targets. The last QF-4 conversion, formerly RF-4C 68-0599, rolled off the modifications line at AMARG in Tucson, Arizona during April, 2013. The QF-16 will take over where the QF-4 left off.
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Pharewell to the Phantom
A fond goodbye to a MiG Killer, SAM Hunter, and the first true multi-role jet fighter. Always has been, always will be my favorite US jet.
Big, mean, and loaded for bear, the Israeli's were spot on in my opinion when they named their F-4's the 'Kurnass' which means 'Sledgehammer' in Hebrew. She wouldn't win any beauty contests but she'd punch your face in just the same.