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PhanCon 2015 Call for Photos

Now that PhanCon 2015 has wrapped up, we invite the attendees to share some of their photos from our visits to Davis Monthan AFB, the 309th AMARG and Pima Air and Space Museum. 

Sunset on QF-4 Operations at Tyndall

The Phinal QF-4 Phantom departs Tyndall Air Force Base on 23 July, 2015.  This photo, appropriately taken at sunset, depicts the flagship of the 53rd Weapons Group powering off the runway to join the remaining fleet at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico.  Photo courtesy of Tyndall Public Affairs.

F-4 flying with the wings folded

Phinal Phantom update from Tyndall

The following article is courtesy of Public Affairs at Tyndall Air Force Base.  Sure looks weird to see a pilotless Phantom taking off.

Phantoms to depart Tyndall for the Phinal time



After almost 30 years in publication All SmokeTrail HARD COPY Magazines are gone.

The "Spring Sale" of Hard Copy Smoke Trail Magazines ended on March 31st at noon CDT.  All Smoke Trail Magazines in "HARD COPY" are no longer available through the Store.

As a reminder, the Smoke Trail Magazines that have been converted electronically to PDF format, remain avalable through the Society Store. Order them in the normal way. The minimum order of any merchandise returned to $4.95 plus shipping and handling.

What couldn't the Phantom do?

A tribute to McDonnell’s masterpiece fighter jet

Our Store's New Look and New Products

Our venerable F-4 Store now has a new location, a new look, and some new products. Come on by and check it out.

Accident Report, QF-4E 74-1629

The official accident report on the White Sands loss of a QF-4 on February 7th, 2014,  has been posted on the Air Force Magazine website at this URL.  

This is an extremely interesting read as it gives one insight to how a drone mission is briefed, flown, and conducted.

Our thanks to Coert Van Breda for sending us the link.

Iranian F-4 Crashes, Crew is Lost

A  F-4 Phantom II , operated by Iran's Air Force, has crashed in southern Iran, leaving both pilot and copilot dead.

From Flight Journal July 16th:

Greek F-4s return to air shows

The Hellenic Air Force has confirmed its participation at the Malta International Airshow with an F-4E PI 2000 Phantom II from Andravida Air Force Base in Greece. This will be the second time Greece participates at the air show, having sent another Phantom II in 2005. The air show will take place over the weekend of Sept. 27-28.

SmokeTrails 20-1 is OUT

SmokeTrails 20-1 has been published.  Great color coverage of the phinal days of the F-4F in the German Air Force.  Head on over to the F-4 Store to get your PDF copy.  Current members have already received access to their free copy.  
Kudos to Jack Callaway and the SmokeTrails crew for another outstanding publication.  

QF-4 Crash near Holloman AFB Feb 7th

Around 9 AM an unmanned QF-4 crashed on White Sands National Monument about four to five miles short of Holloman's runway 22. No cause was stated.

599 finally makes it to Tyndall

68-0599 which left Davis Monthan back in April has finally made its way to Tyndall.  It is the last QF-4.  Only sixty QF-4s now remain at Holloman and Tyndall. Press release here.


F-4's pay their respect to Col Bud Day {Aug 1st}

QF-4s fly one last missing man formation at Col Bud Day's funeral on August 1st at Barrancas National Cemetary, NAS Pensacola FL.  Thunderstorms in the area almost prevented this but at the last minute the lightning within five miles warning was lifted and the sun shined through the clouds. 

Bud Day Missing Man Formation
{credit NWF Daily News - Facebook}


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