F4 - Phantom
The definitive combat aircraft of the 60s and 70s the Phantom served in variety of roles for some twelve different air forces. Over 5,000 wer built in several variant types and it was in active service with the US forces as late as the Gulf War - as the Wild Weasel variant. The F4 also served with the RAF and RN having an important role in the air defence of the Falklands subsequent to the end of hostilities there. While ‘brutish’ in appearance it was much approved by aircrews all over the world who lovingly referred to it as ‘a triumph of thrust over aerodynamics’ !
Seen here in the livery of the famous Triple Nickel (555 Sqdn) colours during the Vietnam conflict.
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