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F-4 Phantom Launching an AQM-37D super-sonic target

QF-4N Phantom II launching and AQM-37D. A mainstay mission of VX-30. This was a sub-sonic launch, normally we did super-sonic. I checked my log book when I saw the date, I was sure I was either the shooter or the

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Super Sonic Flow and the Modern Airliner

F/A-18C Super Sonic at 100 feet, a great video. It happens fast, you can see the shock wave as a ball of vapor as the Hornet flashes by. Let’s take a closer look. In this picture you can see the

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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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Solo Flight

Sliding the throttles outboard, I eased them further forward into the afterburner range. I heard the boom as they lit and began to stage, a quick glance at the burner can gauge showed the exhaust nozzles opening all the way,

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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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Vintage Aircraft Carrier Operations (1971)

Some great old footage of F-4 Phantom IIs, A-5 Vigilantes and F-8 Crusaders; enjoy!

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Pilot Shortage

As my readers know I have been writing about a looming pilot shortage for years. The world economic downturn, age 65, industry consolidation and gutted airline pilot contracts; have all slowed the pace. Two things are now evident: first, retirements

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American Idol on the USS Midway

After watching the game on Sunday night, I was surfing the net when I looked up to see my first ship the USS Midway CV-41, on the tube. It definitely caught my eye; I was riveted momentarily when I saw

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