F-4F Phantom Pharewell

The sky was crying tears for the Phantom Pharewell event at Wittmund airbase. With initially nearly winter weather the last week-end in June was the date for the officially last days of Luftwaffe F-4F Phantom operations and celebrated with an Open Doors day.

Top
Where? Wittmund, Germany
When? 28-29/06/2013

Several months of preparation showed well all the efforts that went into these celebrations: "Retro scheme" Phantoms in Norm 72 "38+10" and Norm 81 "38+33" camouflage were revealed in the months preceding this event, and the special coloured Phantom in blue/gold "37+01" - the first F-4F to join the first Luftwaffe wing and also the last one to land in Wittmund that day - was also ready early enough to be celebrated at some other events before the show at Wittmund.

Phlyout Details 2328 Zeitler 700 470 90
Phlyout Details 2328 Zeitler 100 67 85
Phlyout Phantom 2581 Zeitler 100 67 85
Phlyout Phantom 2610 Zeitler 100 67 85
Phlyout Phantom 2614 Zeitler 100 67 85
Phlyout Phantom 2616 Zeitler 100 67 85
APhlyout Take Off 2520 Zeitler 700 470 90
APhlyout Take Off 2520 Zeitler 100 67 85
Phlyout 3701 2640 Zeitler 100 67 85
Phlyout 3701 2646 Zeitler 100 67 85
Phlyout 3701 2658 Zeitler 100 67 85
Phlyout Take Off 2502 Zeitler 100 67 85
Zhlyout 3701 2537 Zeitler 100 67 85

In a "Final Stampede" about two weeks the two Retro Scheme furthermore paid tribute to the former Luftwaffe airfields operating the F-4F Phantom by doing a round trip all around Germany.

For the Pharewell Event itself a Spotters Day was organized on Friday afternoon. Around 3000 enthusiasts clearly showed the huge interest and despite the awful weather the atmosphere was actually quite good. Many special schemes of the Luftwaffe and foreign nations were present as well as the main acts for the flying display the next day were well placed in front of the shelters without any barriers disturbing the view.

APhlyout So 2161 Zeitler 700 470 90
APhlyout So 2161 Zeitler 100 67 85
Phlyout Phantoms 2170 Zeitler 100 67 85
Phlyout Phantoms 2290 Zeitler 100 67 85
Phlyout Phantoms 2336 Zeitler 100 67 85
Phlyout Phantoms 2341 Zeitler 100 67 85
Phlyout Phantoms 2372 Zeitler 100 67 85
APhlyout Luftwaffe 2251 Zeitler 700 470 90
APhlyout Luftwaffe 2251 Zeitler 100 67 85
Phlyout Luftwaffe 2189 Zeitler 100 67 85
Phlyout Luftwaffe 2375 Zeitler 100 67 85
Phlyout Luftwaffe 2378 Zeitler 100 67 85
Phlyout Luftwaffe 2381 Zeitler 100 67 85
Phlyout Luftwaffe 2395 Zeitler 100 67 85

Despite the phour Phantoms of JG71 "Richthofen" the Phinal Phantom of WTD61 was the highlight on the ground, sporting an elegant scheme combining the "orange" test colour with black, the colour of mourning.

APhlyout So 2338 Zeitler 700 470 90
APhlyout So 2338 Zeitler 100 67 85
Phlyout Details 2253 Zeitler 100 67 85
Phlyout Details 2260 Zeitler 100 67 85
Phlyout Details 2360 Zeitler 100 67 85
Phlyout Details 2361 Zeitler 100 67 85
Phlyout Details 2379 Zeitler 100 67 85

Furthermore special tails on Belgian F-16s, a Spanish F/A-18, the Luftwaffe AG51 "Tiger" Tornado, JG73 "Steinhoff" Eurofighter and an A-4 Skyhawk along the shelter area were great to see. But what a shame the weather did not cooperate!

BPhlyout So 2280 Zeitler 700 470 90
BPhlyout So 2280 Zeitler 100 67 85
CPhlyout So 2201 Zeitler 100 67 85
Phlyout Phantoms 2284 Zeitler 100 67 85
Phlyout So 2171 Zeitler 100 67 85
Phlyout So 2282 Zeitler 100 67 85
Phlyout So 2354 Zeitler 100 67 85

During the show day itself on June 29th it was more about the enjoy the atmosphere, to do some shopping and meet old friends of the Phantom community. The cloud layer was still hanging very low, all the aircraft were fenced of tightly, and strong winds prevented some of the older aircraft to even take-off. Apart from some biplanes only the BAe Systems A-4 Skyhawk – usually used as a target towing aircraft and somehow the biggest rarity in the air – made many people rush towards the fence.

APhlyout So 2420 Zeitler 700 470 90
APhlyout So 2420 Zeitler 100 67 85
Phlyout So 2399 Zeitler 100 67 85
Phlyout So 2417 Zeitler 100 67 85
ZPhlyout So 2363 Zeitler 100 67 85
Phlyout Static 2238 Zeitler 700 470 90
Phlyout Static 2238 Zeitler 100 67 85
Phlyout Static 2257 Zeitler 100 67 85
Phlyout Static 2275 Zeitler 100 67 85
Phlyout Static 2392 Zeitler 100 67 85
Phlyout Static 2413 Zeitler 100 67 85
Phlyout Static 2424 Zeitler 100 67 85
Phlyout A 4 2418 Zeitler 700 470 90
Phlyout A 4 2418 Zeitler 100 67 85
Phlyout A 4 2421 Zeitler 100 67 85
Phlyout A 4 2433 Zeitler 100 67 85
Phlyout A 4 2446 Zeitler 100 67 85

Fortunately around midday the weather gods finally sympathized with the crowd and it cleared up. Just in time for the final minutes of Luftwaffe Phantom action.

Phlyout Phantom 2593 Zeitler 700 470 90
Phlyout Phantom 2593 Zeitler 100 67 85
Phlyout Take Off 2488 Zeitler 100 67 85
Phlyout Taxi 2460 Zeitler 100 67 85
Phlyout Taxi 2478 Zeitler 100 67 85

 

APhlyout 3810 2604 Zeitler 700 470 90
APhlyout 3810 2604 Zeitler 100 67 85
Phlyout 3810 2619 Zeitler 100 67 85
Phlyout Formation 2468 Zeitler 100 67 85
Phlyout Take Off 2529 Zeitler 100 67 85
ZPhlyout 3810 2506 Zeitler 100 67 85

The flying consisted of some formation fly-bys, a pass together with two Eurofighters of JaboG31 "Boelcke", which will join with JG71 "Richthofen" for the Eurofighter operations, and towards the end low passes and touch and goes thrilled the crowed.

APhlyout Eurofighter 2577 Zeitler 700 470 90
APhlyout Eurofighter 2577 Zeitler 100 67 85
Phlyout Eurofighter 2482 Zeitler 100 67 85
Phlyout Eurofighter 2485 Zeitler 100 67 85
Phlyout Eurofighter 2556 Zeitler 100 67 85
Phlyout Eurofighter 2573 Zeitler 100 67 85
Phlyout Eurofighter 2578 Zeitler 100 67 85

After the final landing of 37+01, which was the first Phantom of the Luftwaffe and the last to land at Wittmund, all aircraft taxied in front of the crowd to make sure that everyone on the airfield was able to hear and feel this charismatic aircraft for a last time.

What remains to say? Of course the variety of the flyinag display cannot be compared with other major airshows, but on the other side the event was centred on the Phantom and the final low passes will stay in the memories phorever. It was good to be there, thanks for all setting up this great show. It was a fitting tribute to the last smoker on the European sky,

APhlyout Formation 2492 Zeitler 700 470 90
APhlyout Formation 2492 Zeitler 100 67 85
BPhlyout Formation 2461 Zeitler 100 67 85
Phlyout 3701 2631 Zeitler 100 67 85
Phlyout Formation 2487 Zeitler 100 67 85
Phlyout Formation 2538 Zeitler 100 67 85
Phlyout Formation 2551 Zeitler 100 67 85

Phantom ... Pharewell!!

Pinit Fg En Rect Red 20

User Rating: 0 / 5

Rate this article:
0 of 5 - 0 votes
Thank you for rating this article.

recently published

18 Houston Airshow 1810 4192

Wings over Houston 2018

Wings over Houston 2018 was headlined by the US Navy Blue Angels display team. With a big concentration of Commemorative Air Force (CAF) warbirds all around the oil-rich state of Texas the line-up of WW II airplanes was also strong. The most impressive airshow act Read More
18 Pilsen 1809 8699

Otto Smik's Spitfire TE184

Nine Balkenkreuze and three silhouettes of the Fieseler Fi 103, aka „Vergeltungswaffe 1 (V1)“ as kill markings depict this Spitfire Mk.XVI as the personal plane of Otto Smik. Smik was one of the most successfully Czechoslovakian pilots in service of the RAF during WW II. Read More
18 Hyakuri Show 1812 5433

Hyakuri Airshow 2018

Ten (R)F-4EJ Phantoms lined up in front of the crowd was a sight to behold! The Hyakuri Airshow 2018 was the last ever opportunity to see such a large number of mighty Phantoms in action as JASDF Phantom operations will dwindle down rapidly in the Read More
18 BIAS 1807 5686

Bucharest International Air Show 2018 - BIAS

It’s free, it’s fun, and it is a day packed with a nearly 12 hour long lasting flying display. The Bucharest International Air Show (BIAS 2018) is the largest air show in Romania and took place on Saturday, July 28, 2018, at Bucharest International Airport Read More
  • 1

more Airshows

05  0506 6879

RDAF Airshow 2005

Surely everybody knows the feeling when he is heading enthusiastically to an airshow hundreds of miles away to find out that the airfield is covered by a low layer of dark gray clouds combined with Read More
04  0407 8448

RNAS Culdrose Airday

Fly Navy !!! Every year on the Wednesday before the RIAT the RNAS Culdrose helds ist annual Airday. RNAS Culdrose is located in the west of Cornwall near Helston, only a short hop from Land's End. Read More
06  0610 3698

Swiss Airpower Show at Axalp 2006

Axalp 2006 has been another Axalp without snow. I do not know if this is only due to bad luck or to the changing climate, but one thing is sure: it makes walking easier, but Read More
08  0809 9197

CIAF 2008

The CIAF (Czech International Air Fest) celebrated ist 15th anniversary in 2008. After having started at the then still military airfield Hradec Kralove it moved in 2003 to the civil airport of Brno, around 200km Read More
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • 16
  • 17
  • 18
  • 19
  • 20
  • 21
  • 22
  • 23

My Warbird Book

Warbird Buch

Latest Tweets

Statistics

Today 80

Yesterday 137

Week 634

Month 3379

All 113388