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#17 2007-04-05 12:04 GMT-5 hours    
Hi

Trying to compile a list of Operational F-4s left flying in the world for my web site www.thephantomshrine.co.uk.

Can anyone help ?

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#18 2007-04-05 18:01 GMT-5 hours    
That's a great project! I heard that they are taking all the F-4's from the bone yard, refitting them, and using them as target drones. I suspect that before too long, whatever is flying will be all that ever is! Unfortunately, though, I have little information regarding how many are currently airworthy. I do know that the Collings Foundation has one (http://www.collingsfoundation.org/tx_f-4dphantom.htm). They claim:

&񗝌The roar of the General Electric J79 engines is closer than you think! The 2007 schedule for America's only F-4D Phantom is being developed as we speak and we will post all dates as soon as they become available.&񗝍

I couldn&񗝉t help but notice the word &񗝌only&񗝍, and am curious as to how accurate that is, as I recall seeing some fly just last year (although they may have still been active at the time).

Keep us posted. I'm real interested regarding your findings.

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#19 2007-04-05 20:28 GMT-5 hours    
Yup, all Phantoms will go down in glory by being blown out of the sky. I'm definitely interested in seeing this Phantom in action. I've never seen a Phantom perform a live demo and I heard that it's a sight to behold. Which nations still fly the Phantom in active duty?

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#20 2007-04-05 20:51 GMT-5 hours    
I know that the German AF,Greek AF and the Turkish AF still fly the Phantom,and i think the South Korean and Japanese AF's still have some flying.

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#21 2007-04-05 21:44 GMT-5 hours    
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I know that the German AF,Greek AF and the Turkish AF still fly the Phantom,and i think the South Korean and Japanese AF's still have some flying.



Hi meerkat,
Thanks for the info. Maybe someday with a little luck I'll end up watching one of these babies fly.

-Ray

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#22 2007-04-05 21:48 GMT-5 hours    
Iran also flies the Phantom (F-4D, F-4E & RF-4E) and Egypt (F-4E). It would be nice to find out how many are still flying.

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#31 2007-04-12 04:46 GMT-5 hours    
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Hi meerkat,
Thanks for the info. Maybe someday with a little luck I'll end up watching one of these babies fly.


Sure, Turkey's F-4E 2020 "Terminator" will fly for some more years. We still have a chance!

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#74 2007-04-29 14:21 GMT-5 hours    
ahh the phantom, my Favourite jet, Why does the UK not have one flying for airshows, i have saw the German Phantom Display at a few of the Leuchars airshows and what a spectacular sight.

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#91 2007-05-07 12:56 GMT-5 hours    
JG712 "Richthofen" Phantoms from Wittmund in Germany should be flying until 2012.

Dont do displays but when they beat up an airfield it is awesome!

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#117 2007-05-18 09:03 GMT-5 hours    
The F-4 is one of my favorite fighters also, the only ones flying in the US that I know of is the one in the Collins Foundation and the ones stationed at Tyndall AFB, Florida. They have at least 5 that I have seen at airshows. The Air Force usually flys them in the Heritage Flight, however this year at Tyndall,
one of the QF-4E's actually put on a little bit of a demo, it was very nice to see them flying again.

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#569 2007-08-06 22:09 GMT-5 hours    
I know a guy, that lives near Wittmund, he told me, the Phantoms are flying every day.. Maybe I`ll get a chance to get there and see them. And I will try to take some pictures..

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#570 2007-08-06 22:18 GMT-5 hours    
Welcome to the site Jason. Could it be these right here?

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#571 2007-08-06 22:25 GMT-5 hours    
Seems so
Nice pics!
I hope I`ll get to see and hear them! This is kinda flying dinosaur

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#573 2007-08-07 04:49 GMT-5 hours    
Hi all, the Phantoms in Germany are still very active! Still flying in two wings,JG74 in southern
Germany (now converting to the new Eurofighter) and with JG71 in northern Germany. The JG 71 Phantoms
will fly on until 2012 and will then convert to the Eurofighter. There are also some Phantoms
flying with the test unit (WDT61) at Manching AB also in southern Germany. This week the Hornets
from Switzerland (7 aircrafts) are flying with the JG 71 Phantoms from Wittmund AB to make some
tactics over the north sea. (look to my Pictures here at airfighters.com)

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#583 2007-08-07 14:24 GMT-5 hours    
The F4 is my favorite Vietnam era fighter....When I was young, F4's used to fly over my house from Cecil Field NAS in Jacksonville, FL. Awesome site.....it angered my mother because they flew so low. I'm sure all of you may already have heard that Col. Robin Olds, who commanded the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing based at Ubon, Thailand...and flew the F4, passed away in June. God Speed Col. Olds and your six is checked.

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#587 2007-08-07 15:29 GMT-5 hours    
Has anybody heard about Prado´s Push ?
It is an amazing story about an airman who rescued his wingman over Vietnam.

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#589 2007-08-07 15:52 GMT-5 hours    
Great story...I had never heard of this incident before.

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#816 2007-08-30 01:29 GMT-5 hours    
Thanks for the link Jorg

An interesting read


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#820 2007-08-30 15:15 GMT-5 hours    
A good read indeed, thanks for the link

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#821 2007-08-30 17:28 GMT-5 hours    
Israel? I think they are in the process of phasing them to, but they still show up now and then...

Egypt had some delivered in the late 80s too, but I do not know their status now.

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#822 2007-08-30 18:39 GMT-5 hours    
Jason/All

FYI

Israel retired their F-4s from operational service in 2004.

As far as I am aware the Egyptian F-4s are still active, but I don't know how active, they are pretty rare and hardly ever seen outside of Egypt.

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#945 2007-09-29 10:54 GMT-5 hours    
And the Hellenic Air Force examples are very much active still. 3 squadrons fly Phantoms here and it looks like they are going to meke it well into the next decade.

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#2286 2008-03-19 03:47 GMT-5 hours    
awesome. I always thought of the phantom as my favorite jet. It just looks angry sitting on the tarmac, like it's mad that it's not flying missions.

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#2408 2008-04-15 21:15 GMT-5 hours    
Hi To All
I spent most of my time in the military keeping the RF4C's flying. I go way back to 64-66 stationed at Toul Rosiers in France and later at Ton Son Nhut , Viet Nam. I worked out of the engine shop and did most of my time on flight line and some as a crew chief.Yes it was quite a sight to see them launch in full AB especially on night missions. I remember it was a tight fit putting those J79's in the airframe. I wish I had taken more photos back then but didn't. I regret it now. Anybody got some old photos taken at Toul? We flew RB66's before we converted over to the RF4C. I was their when we lost the RB66 over Germany. It was real hush hush back then.
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#2410 2008-04-18 19:10 GMT-5 hours    
The german phantoms of JG71 will not only fly till 2012, the will stay till 2015
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#2442 2008-04-23 12:36 GMT-5 hours    
South Korea and Japan do still fly the F-4E, and F-4EJ respectively.

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#2443 2008-04-24 10:56 GMT-5 hours    
Ah Phantoms. My favorite subject!

As far as I can see, your list at http://www.thephantomshrine.co.uk/operational.htm looks quite complete. Did you compare it with http://scramble.nl/airforces ?

Here some examples from my collections. My Greek phantoms are still in the queue so hopefully i can add them soon. Still have to do something about the Egyptians and the Koreans though :-)


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#2450 2008-04-25 10:29 GMT-5 hours    
As promised, here some Greek examples


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#2460 2008-04-27 15:03 GMT-5 hours    
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South Korea and Japan do still fly the F-4E, and F-4EJ respectively.



South Korea still fly's the good old F-4D!
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#2465 2008-04-28 08:22 GMT-5 hours    
And here they are!


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And some nice Japanese as well


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