Phigthertown Wittmund - 22.03.2011 Night Flying

Phigthertown Wittmund - 22.03.2011 Night Flying

Postby GME-AirFoto on Sun 27 Mar 2011, 1:02 pm

Last week I had the opportunity to visit Luftwaffe (German Air Force) last remaining F-4F Phantom II wing JG71 "Richthofen" (Fighterwing 71) based at Wittmund AB. On that day two missions were flown, one in the afternoon and one late nightflying action.
First some pictures of the nightflying

Wittmund Air Base
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Phantom preparing for flight
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BAE Systems A-4 Scooters work for the day is done.
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Phantoms on last chance
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Ready for take - off
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What a awesome night and what a weather. Touch & go of a mighty phantom
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Back to shelter days work done - and knowledge of the day: stars are fast :biggrin:
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Some photos of the afternoon later if you want.
Hope you like it.
Regards from Germany
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Re: Phigthertown Wittmund - 22.03.2011 Night Flying

Postby captain scarlet on Sun 27 Mar 2011, 3:48 pm

Very nice! :clap:
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Re: Phigthertown Wittmund - 22.03.2011 Night Flying

Postby A380-001 on Sun 27 Mar 2011, 6:20 pm

lovely shots
i really like the last one :clap: :wink: :tongue:
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Re: Phigthertown Wittmund - 22.03.2011 Night Flying

Postby roger s(lonewolf) on Tue 29 Mar 2011, 4:58 pm

Great stuff you lucky fellow
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Re: Phigthertown Wittmund - 22.03.2011 Night Flying

Postby GME-AirFoto on Fri 01 Apr 2011, 7:18 pm

Some photos of the afternoon.
Flight operations at the Richthofen squadron
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37+81 was leaving Wittmund direction Jever. This F-4F will get a second life in an museum in eastern Europe.
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QRA ready for take-off
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JG71 Phantoms accumulated more than 6,500 flight hours last year, but use of the type will be reduced to 3,000h in 2011, 1,800h in 2012 and 700h in 2013. As a result of the reduction, all training missions are limited to just 40 minutes long sorties. All trainings sorties are flying without any additional tanks.

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Maintenance JG71
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The characteristic smoke trial and unique silhouette of the Phantom will be history soon, unfortunately!
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Re: Phigthertown Wittmund - 22.03.2011 Night Flying

Postby GME-AirFoto on Fri 01 Apr 2011, 7:23 pm

BAE Systems A-4N Skyhawk - the Scooters:

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Hope you like it.
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Re: Phigthertown Wittmund - 22.03.2011 Night Flying

Postby sgkoksijde on Fri 01 Apr 2011, 10:24 pm

we like them very much, great pictures. It will be a great loss that we won't see any German phantoms anymore
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Re: Phigthertown Wittmund - 22.03.2011 Night Flying

Postby ben mccarthy on Sat 02 Apr 2011, 7:57 am

Great pictures -shame theyll be gone in a few years :sad: What are BAE Systems' 'scooters' used for?
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Re: Phigthertown Wittmund - 22.03.2011 Night Flying

Postby toom317 on Mon 04 Apr 2011, 9:53 am

PHANTOMS! :snack:
"Nice pics mate" comments only! No criticism please.

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Re: Phigthertown Wittmund - 22.03.2011 Night Flying

Postby GME-AirFoto on Mon 04 Apr 2011, 7:59 pm

ben mccarthy wrote:Great pictures -shame theyll be gone in a few years :sad: What are BAE Systems' 'scooters' used for?


Thank you. It is planned to retire the last 6 Phantoms already in 2013.
Unofficially known as 713 Dartziel Staffel, the BAE flying unit provides aerial target services for the Luftwaffe and other NATO air forces, using six A-4 Skyhawk.
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Re: Phigthertown Wittmund - 22.03.2011 Night Flying

Postby Kenny on Thu 04 Oct 2012, 7:05 pm

Holy cow! These are amazing! What a post
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Re: Phigthertown Wittmund - 22.03.2011 Night Flying

Postby Cimmerian on Fri 05 Oct 2012, 8:11 am

Great shots. :clap:
Regards, Ken
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Re: Phigthertown Wittmund - 22.03.2011 Night Flying

Postby lynothehammer on Fri 05 Oct 2012, 11:53 am

Very interesting set, that last night shot with the hangar is immense !
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Re: Phigthertown Wittmund - 22.03.2011 Night Flying

Postby nigelblake on Fri 05 Oct 2012, 1:06 pm

Awesome set, the second frame is the star shot for me though!
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Re: Phigthertown Wittmund - 22.03.2011 Night Flying

Postby ATrs.jules on Fri 05 Oct 2012, 2:18 pm

GME-AirFoto wrote:
Maintenance JG71
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Fantastic, great to see Tooms still being used and flown today, as an ex RAF Phantomphixer, i remember this routine for servicing and changing the main landing gear drag braces. :smile:
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Re: Phigthertown Wittmund - 22.03.2011 Night Flying

Postby swingy on Fri 05 Oct 2012, 2:41 pm

Great post. :clap:
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Re: Phigthertown Wittmund - 22.03.2011 Night Flying

Postby ciaranchef on Sat 06 Oct 2012, 2:46 am

Superp post, some fantastic pictures....
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Re: Phigthertown Wittmund - 22.03.2011 Night Flying

Postby GME-AirFoto on Thu 11 Oct 2012, 2:27 pm

My old post back, thanks for feedback. Some more Phantom photos and a report about the wing in 2011 on our website.
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