Countries still flying the Phantom

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Unread post20 Sep 2020, 03:14

Number of Countries that are currently operating the Phantom as at Mar 2020 = 5

GREEK - Elliniki Polimiki Aeroporia

Unit/Squadron Name Model Wing/Base
338 MPK Aris F-4E 117th/Andravida
Current Aircraft = 25 Approx - Delivered F-4E = 84 - RF-4E = 35

IRAN - Islamic Republic Of Iran Air Force

Unit/Squadron Name Model Wing/Base
31 TRS RF-4E 3rd TAB Nozheh
32 TFS F-4D/E 3rd TAB Nozheh
33 TFS
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61 TFS F-4E 6th TAB Bushehr
62 TFS F-4D/E 6th TAB Bushehr
91 TFS F-4E 9th TAB Bandar Abbas Int'l
92 TFS F-4E 9th TAB Bandar Abbas Int'l
101 TFS F-4D 10th TAB Chah Bahar
Current Aircraft = 28

JAPAN - Koku Jiei-tai

Unit/Squadron Name Model Wing/Base
301 Sqn F-4EJ Kai 5th Koku-dan/Nyutabaru
302 Sqn F-4EJ Kai 83rd Koku-dan/Naha
ADTW Hiko Kaihatsu Jikken-dan (Air Development & Test Wing) F-4EJ Kai Gifu AB
Current Aircraft = 80



SOUTH KOREA

Unit/Squadron Name Model Wing/Base
152 FS/17 FW F-4E Cheongju AB
153 FS/17 FW F-4E Cheongju AB
156 FS/17 FW F-4E Cheongju AB
Current Aircraft = 83

TURKEY - Turk Hava Kuvvetleri

Unit/Squadron Name Model Wing/Base
111 Filo Panther F-4E 2020 1 AJU ESKISEHIR
171 Filo Pirate F-4E 2020 7 AJU ERHAC
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Unread post20 Sep 2020, 14:29

60 years strong next year.
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Unread post21 Sep 2020, 03:11

Ole Smoky is certainly living up to its moniker! Sixty years; crazy!
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Unread post21 Sep 2020, 14:45

Incredible, and a testament to the design team at McDonnell Douglas. I wonder how much longer Iran can keep those F-4D's going, LOL.
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Unread post21 Sep 2020, 15:13

Too bad IAI Super Phantom never materialized:
https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/ ... ened-44702

Now a supercruising F-4... :shock:

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Unread post21 Sep 2020, 15:41

As it approached, it sounded like it was ripping the air apart, violently. I had the distinct privilege as a youth, for a time, to grow up around that plane. Never will forget it. Amazing piece of engineering from a better time..

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Unread post21 Sep 2020, 15:44

jetblast16 wrote:As it approached, it sounded like it was ripping the air apart, violently.


Very much so. I always though it sounded so angry, like it was punishing the air for getting in the way, beating it into submission.
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Unread post21 Sep 2020, 16:01

Didn't need no stinkin' stealth. Ear-splitting, black smoke sky-blotting, bent wing weirdness; you knew the Phantom was coming. You just had to deal with it :mrgreen:

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Unread post21 Sep 2020, 16:16

Flew USAFR Ds (both 457th & 465th) against 111 Filo Es at Eskisehir in 1984. 111 Filo has operated F-4Es since 1979 I think. 41 years. :shock:

They must be really good with them or really tired of them....or both.

Coincidentally, looking for our old tail numbers on the net, I found one we flew against 111 Filo in Turkey that was eventually sent to the ROKAF and is now retired....or finally fell apart. :mrgreen:

Respects to the crew chief, Neil Bradley, who kept this old derelict (the Phantom, not me) in good enough shape to get it across the Atlantic....and back....and finally one way across the Pacific, so eventually the ROKAF could have it:
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Unread post21 Sep 2020, 18:33

JB16's Miramar picture is notable.

That's from way back when the only smoke in So Cal was from Phantoms.

Wingy better find that gear handle quick.
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Unread post22 Sep 2020, 05:40

I live about 5 miles form Selfridge ANG base in Michigan.....home of the prettiest Phantoms!
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Unread post27 Sep 2020, 08:08

edpop wrote:Number of Countries that are currently operating the Phantom as at Mar 2020 = 5
JAPAN - Koku Jiei-tai

Unit/Squadron Name Model Wing/Base
301 Sqn F-4EJ Kai 5th Koku-dan/Nyutabaru
302 Sqn F-4EJ Kai 83rd Koku-dan/Naha
ADTW Hiko Kaihatsu Jikken-dan (Air Development & Test Wing) F-4EJ Kai Gifu AB
Current Aircraft = 80


The 302 Squadron information is outdated - they transitioned to F-35A in 2019. They got their eagle back on the F-35 tailfin earlier this year

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301 Squadron is now under the 7th Air Wing and is now based at Hyakuri. 302 Squadron also returned to Hyakuri before the F-35A transition, they now fly those out of Misawa.
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Unread post28 Sep 2020, 02:22



Still smokin'!
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Crank this!
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