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McDonnell Douglas F-4E Phantom II

By Htam

2010_DSC_8779_D70s_AuroraHDR2019.jpg@ Oshkosh, WI

July 2010

Plenty of time on my hands to work on a backlog of images, uncovering quite a few images from my first trip to the Airventure Oshkosh event including this F-4 Phantom II. The 82d Aerial Targets Squadron was the last USAF unit to fly the Phantom II, using them as aerial targets.  A secondary mission was the use of man-rated QF-4s, like this example, in support of the USAF Heritage Flight program at military air shows and other specific commemorative events.  Designed by McDonnell Aircraft and first flown in 1958, the classic F-4 Phantom II served with all three US services and air forces around the world. December 21, 2016 would mark the phinal retirement of the Phantom from US service.  Nikon D70s w/18-200mm.

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