Sunday, January 1, 2017

Another Casualty Of 2016

The F-4 will fly no more after 53 yrs. w/ the U.S.A.F.
Lt. Col. Ronald King, 82nd Aerial Target Squadron Det 1, waves goodbye before taking off during the QF-4
Phinal Phlight event Dec. 21, 2016, at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico. Hundreds of people were in
attendance to commemorate the aircraft’s retirement, marking the end of the aircraft’s 53 years of service
to the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Matthew McGovern)
The F-4 fighter-bomber entered military service first to the Navy and Marine Corps and then to the Air Force in 1963. According to the service, the impressive dogfighter has set 15 world records, including an aircraft speed of 1,606 miles per hour; and an absolute altitude at 98,557 feet.

“It is also the only aircraft to be flown by both the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and the U.S. Navy Blue Angels,” the release said.

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