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Smoke Trails 23-2 Released

Smoke Trails 23-2 has just been released.  Members in good standing can download it immediately by logging in and going to the Members Only Smoke Trails tab.  All others may purchase it in the F4 Store in approximately 7 days.

UPDATE: Website Issue for Join/Renew

We believe we have solved the problem with the Join/Renew link.  Let the webmaster know if you encounter any issues.

For anyone who had sent a check to our treasurer, hang tight until it arrives and we will make sure you are registered.  Thank you for your patience.


Fred Sheffler, 1943-2018

The F-4 Phantom II Society is saddened to learn that a member of our family has passed.  Fred Sheffler was our Webmaster for many years and made our website what it is today.  He was a family man, a retired pilot for American Airlines, and a Mig Killer over Vietnam in the F-4 Phantom.   We will miss you, Fred.  Farewell, Shefftini and Blue Skies.

Smoke Trails 23-1 Has Been Released

Smoke Trails 23-1 is now available to active members for free download in the Members Only Smoke Trails tab.  Non-members will have access to Smoke Trails in about one week for sale in the F-4 Store.

Remembering our friend, Dave Wimmer

Dave was a Lifetime Member of the F-4 Phantom Society and our Vice President last year before stepping down because of health reasons.


PhanCon 2017 has been canceled.

Unfortunately, due to a low number of registrations ahead of the cutoff date, it is not financially feasible to hold the Conference this year.  We will miss seeing our friends but definitely plan to have our conference again in 2018.

Happy 59th Anniversary, Phantom!

On this date 59 years ago, the F4H-1 lifted off on her maiden flight.  Happy Birthday Phantom II!

PhanCon 2017 Dates Announced


PhanCon 2017 will be held October 9-11 at The National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida.  More information will be posted when registration opens sometime in June.

New Standard Global F-4 Phantom Society T-Shirt

Smoke Trails 22-2 Released

Smoke Trails 22-2 has been released.  Included inside is a report on the QF-4 Phinal Phlyout in December 2016, Phan-Con 2016, a history of Holloman Air Force Base and a storied career as told by WAM Harkins.

Member in Good Standing: you can log-in and download your FREE copy in the Members Only Smoke Trails tab along the left column.

Book: Warriors at 500 Knots

QF-4 Phantom Retirement Ceremony 2016

On December 21, 2016, the QF-4 Phantoms were officially retired from the United States Air Force.  The public ceremony featured 4 ship and single ship flybys as well as a water salute upon landing.  Our friend, Brian Emch was in attendance and we thank him for sharing his photographs with us.

Phantom Pharewell

QF-4s Transition "Star Wars Canyon"

QF-4 Phantom Retirement Ceremony 2016

We have linked a YouTube video taken at the QF-4 Phantom Retirement Ceremony on December 21st, 2016 at Holloman Air Force Base.  It is 28 minutes long and features the startup, taxi out, takeoff, 4 ship and single ship flybys, water cannon salute and a hose down of two retiring pilots.

If anyone who was in attendance would like to contribute photos for the website, email us at  

QF-4 Phinal Phlight and Retirement

The following is a Facebook post on the QF-4 Phinal Phlight and Retirement Ceremony at Holloman Air Force Base Wednesday, December 21st.  Reservations are required!  You can contact the 49th Wing Public Affairs Office at (575) 572-7381.

QF-4 Phinal Phlight




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