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Phantom Attack (part 4)

Our two Phantoms came off target in formation. Quickly I pushed my wing man back into combat spread. We weren’t done by a long shot. “Beaver, picture between Shantini and Texaco?” Texaco was the KC-135 inflight refueler orbiting 200 miles

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Phantom Attack (part 3)

BLUEBIRD transmitted over the shot common frequency meant an Aegis Class Cruiser had entered the fight. Not good! The Aegis class was an SM-2-ER shooter, a particularly nasty Surface to Air Missile (SAM). The Spy 1 radar system could literally

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Phantom Phlashback…in the Phight! (part 2)

“Bloodhound 101, LA Center, switch Beaver control 354.5” “Flight go.” I dialed the manual frequency in the UHF radio. “Beaver Control, Bloodhound 101 flight of four Phantoms checking in for your control.” “Roger Bloodhound, squawk 1001, have your section leader

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Phantom II Plashback (part 1)

“Tower, Bloodhound 101, flight of four, take off.” “Bloodhound 101, Point Mugu tower, you are clear to take off runway 11.” I tapped my helmet over the ear then held up 5 fingers to switch my flight to button 5

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#: F-4 vs. Mig 21 (History Channel)

An excellent presentation of a low level Dog Fight. History Channel does a fantastic job of explaining an air combat exchange; better yet they put you in the cockpit. chip facebook Twitter Amazon

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#Mig Kill: F-4N Phantom II vs. Mig 21

These videos show a dated but good visual of a Viet Nam era Dog Fight. It is extremely hard to convey the physical aspect of air combat. An eight g fight is exhausting: imagine your 10 pound head weighing 80

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My Pensacola is gone!

No; not the beautiful white beaches, or the crystal clear palate of blues and greens lapping at the electric sand. My history, my first hurdles and victories in the crusade for my Naval Aviator Wings of Gold, were gone.

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