The US Air Force marked the final flight of the QF-4 Phantom II on December 21 at Holloman AFB.
Lt Col Ronald King, Det. 1, 82nd Aerial Target Squadron commander, said: ‘This has been a humbling experience. There is no way to truly understand what this aircraft has done without talking to the people who lived it.’
The QF-4 is now being replaced by the QF-16. Lt Col King added: ‘This is not an aircraft; this is a family. With that, I would leave you with this – Phantom forever.’
For more details on the QF-4, see our USAF Yearbook, on sale now: http://shop.keypublishing.com/product/View/productCode/SPECUSAF2/US
…and the forthcoming February issue of Combat Aircraft.
In cockpit with Lt Col (Ret.) Jim Harkins on the last flight, courtesy of Airman Magazine.
Take off with Lt. Col. (Ret) Jim "WAM" Harkins, for the final flight of the last F-4 Phantom II aircraft in the active duty inventory. After nearly 60 years of service the F-4 Phantom II has officially been retired. The United States Air Force held a final flight retirement ceremony at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico earlier today. The F-4 was adaptable workhorse. Operating in versatile fighter-bomber, air defense suppression, reconnaissance, close air support and QF-4 targeting drone roles.
Posted by Airman Magazine on Wednesday, 21 December 2016