Some old USAFE F-4s...and a cuckoo in the nest!

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Some old USAFE F-4s...and a cuckoo in the nest!

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A small selection of USAFE Phantoms for those with long memories...

Bentwaters/Woodbridge 81st TFW...

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Despite the WR tailcode, this never came within 3,000 miles of the twin-base complex at Bentwaters/Woodbridge.

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Lakenheath 48th TFW...

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Hahn 50th TFW...

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Torrejon 401st TFW - but displaying an 81st TFW badge while awaiting transfer from Bentwaters to Spain.

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Ramstein 26th TRW...

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Bitburg 36th TFW...

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Spangdahlem 52nd TFW...

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Hahn 50th TFW...

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Zweibrucken 86th TFW...

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Torrejon 401st TFW...

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Ramstein 26th TRW...

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Torrejon 401st TFW...

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Soesterberg 32nd TFS...

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Hahn 50th TFW...

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Superb and superb again!
Just wish I'd seen them around the Mach loop; what a sight that would have been!

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Very nice Captain P. Presume that the F15 code is the first use of WR for Warner Robins??
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The F-15A was indeed from Warner Robins Air Logistics Center - I encountered it at Eglin, which was probably about as close as it ever got to Bentwaters!!!
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Lovely!

You can never see enough American F-4's
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Blooming marvellous young Eccles

Its good to see some of the old style fuel tanks. Any idea when the USAF (and other operators) began using the F15 style centreline tanks? I believe they changed because of the greater G-limits with the F15 type. I assume they were only used on the F-4E/G and the RF-4s.

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Thank you very much for posting these...especially the 81st TFW ones,as i spent many hours watching the F-4's at Bentwaters during the seventies.

Cheers - Graham,
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Brings back memories of a thrash round the bases each weekend to catch the visitors,those days before the net when you mostly did not know what was at the bases until you got there.

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Superb. :clap: :clap:

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Cracking post and a great selection. Just love them.. a great memory :clap:
It was a fair old trot down to Bentwaters for us but we would do Coningsby, and Lakenheath as a top up on the way down. Struck lucky on 27/7/76 at Bentwaters. At the end of the day the large notice board adjacent to the engineering ops building declared
"86 Missions Scheduled/Flown" ...it was non stop with most aircraft getting 3 or 4 trips in during the day.
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Hope you don't my me posting but these little gems were on stopover for delivery I believe into 32TFS Soesterburg, all TISEO equiipped straight out of the factory.
(01056,01057,01058)
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there were six more over at Woodbridge.
Still don't know quite how it happened but followed a queue of traffic at their gate and found ourselves driving around a pan of F-4s :whistle:
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Thanks for posting those two shots Keith,the 91st TFS 'Blue Streaks' F-4D 66-539 shot is taken at 'commie corner' as the yanks called it which was a favourite place for spotters to gather as the Phantoms taxied-by close to the fence.And in those days the fence was low and the pre-flight checkout groundcrews used to sit in their cars waiting for the aircraft to come out,but they did build them a small hut eventually to sit inside.
When the A-10's arrived they built a new checkout area and taxy-way which was a little bit further away (not by much though)

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What a stonking thread - MORE!!!!!!! :whistle:

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Still one of my favorite posts on this forum!:-)

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Don't remember seeing F-4E's with that serials at Soesterberg.
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I agree with Westy
I want to see more USAF F-4's!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The more the better!!!!!
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Nice one Eccles, Reminds me of my trips to Bentwaters, Woodbridge, Alconbury and Lakenheath in 1971-72 Phantom bashing! Always a delight to see USAF F-4s in SEA Camo. :clap:
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Cracking post :yahoo: :rock:

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