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The A-7E Corsair II s/n 159303 (Photo by Carmelo Turdo)

A-7 Corsair Restoration Imminent

By Austin Hancock The Flight Deck Veteran’s Group, now with the blessing of the Edwardsville Township, is moving full-speed ahead on restoring the local A-7E “Corsair.” As previously reported, the FDVG is a Tennessee based non-profit whose main goal is to aircraft as tributes to the legacy of flight-deck operations. Recently, the town of Edwardsville partnered with FDVG’s to restore[Read More…]

by February 7, 2017 0 comments Jet News, Warbird Restorations
A QF-4 Phantom flies over Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., during the Phinal Phlight event on Dec. 21, 2016. This event marks the end of the aircraft’s 53 years of service to the Air Force. (Photo by Jay Beckman / Crosswind Images)

Pharewell to the Phantom

The US Military bid a final farewell to the mighty McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II on December 21st, 2016, as the last active examples were paid off in a ceremony and brief flying display under heavily overcast skies at Holloman Air Force Base near Alamogordo, New Mexico. While the Phantom II officially retired from US front line squadron use in 1996,[Read More…]

by December 22, 2016 24 comments Jet News, Videos, Warbirds News
Retired Col. David takes a photo of his daughter, Cadet 2nd Class Kaitlyn, standing next to an F-4 Phantom on July 12, 2016 at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. David came to surprise his daughter, a junior at the Air Force Academy, after her first flight in a fighter jet with the 82nd Aerial Target Squadron. (Last names are being withheld due to operational requirements.

A Family Tradition

It’s the summer of 1967. Lyndon B. Johnson is president, Rolling Stone published their first magazine and girls all over the world are going crazy over an English boy-band called The Beatles. Right now, none of that matters. With sweaty hands, a young cadet carries his helmet bag toward the F-4 Phantom, mentally preparing himself for his first flight in[Read More…]

by December 20, 2016 0 comments Articles, Jet News, Warbirds News
The last of the QF-4s will be shot down towards the end of this year. Both of the visitors to Oshkosh were slated to face the final showdown in the coming days. (photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt)

The Final Flight for the F-4 Phantom Set For Next Week

The final flight and retirement ceremony for the venerable F-4 Phantom will be December 21st at Holloman AFB, New Mexico.  The Phantom is still in active service at Holloman with Detachment 1 of the 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron. The last flight and ceremony are open to the public, but attendees must RSVP to the base. Tentative Schedule 8 am –[Read More…]

by December 14, 2016 2 comments Jet News
A QF-4 Aerial Target lands on the flight line at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., during the Aviation Nation air show on Nov. 11, 2016. The QF-4 was piloted by Lt. Col. Ron King, 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron Detachment 1 commander, at Holloman AFB, New Mexico. (U.S. Air Force photo by A1C Kevin Tanenbaum/Released)

Retiring QF-4 stops in at Aviation Nation

After more than 60 years of service, the QF-4 Aerial Target, modified from the F-4 Phantom II, will officially retire from service. The aircraft was highlighted during Nellis Air Force Base’s Aviation Nation air show Nov. 12 and 13, allowing more than 295,000 spectators from around the world, the opportunity to witness one of aircraft’s final performances. Lt. Col. Ron[Read More…]

by November 18, 2016 3 comments Jet News, Warbirds News