(Reading time: 2 - 3 minutes)

User Rating: 5 / 5

Please rate this article:
5 of 5 - 1 votes
Thank You for rating this article.

Luftwaffe / WTD61 F-4F Phantom II air-air
Where? Bavaria, Germany
When? 07/2013

The months of June and July 2013 saw the final operations of German F-4F Phantoms. With Jagdgeschwader 71 "R" at Wittmund officially putting Luftwaffe Phantom operations to an end and handing over the QRA task to the Eurofighter, the two Manching-based Phantoms were the last German examples to soldier on for some more days. During those final days also arose a unique photo opportunity - a Phantastic "Phantom Pharewell Photo Phlight"!

The F-4F Phantom II was a long time workhorse at the German armed forces Test and Evaluation unit WTD61 (Wehrtechnische Dienststelle 61), providing continuous support to their Luftwaffe counterparts with regards to system and/or weapon upgrades. Apart from that the small fleet of WTD Phantoms provided an essential support to WTD61's flight test activities. After the Luftwaffe F-4F Phantom II Pharewell Party in Wittmund it is thus no wonder that the charismatic jet has grown on the test pilots and ground crews over the past 40 years and was also put out of service by the WTD61 in style!

With orange as the base colour for everything being flight test related and black as the colour of sorrow, the basis for one of the most spectacular F-4F Phantom II schemes was put in place quite easily. With the great idea to add a highly visible checkerboard pattern and the Spooky as the Phantom-communities mascot a distinctive look as finally created. And it was one that made many many Phantom Phanatics all over the world buzzing with excitement!

Such a stunning scheme had to be photographed in the air, and with the help of some great people it was possible to set up a photo mission with the Phantom at the dawn of their career, which provided the opportunity to catch some unique angles of this colourscheme.

With the first photos taken at a higher altitude and some nice clouds forming an excellent background, the last passes were used to capture the jet above the larger surroundings of Manching and of course the airfield itself, the Phantom's home for the past decades. It was a fitting tribute to the old lady that is sorely missed and (from a "phanatic" photographers point of view) will be hard to be replaced by any other aircraft.

These photos are dedicated to all those people involved in setting up this great flight!

recently published

Oshkosh EAA Airventure 2017

(Reading time: 2 - 4 minutes)

Oshkosh EAA Airventure 2017 airshow report and photos
Where? Oshkosh WI, USA
When? 24-30/07/2017

The EAA Airventure 2017 was announced to be the bomber year! And it really became bombastic. 590.000 people attended the event in Oshkosh, celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid and also saw for the first time in more than 60 years two B-29 Superfortresses flying in formation. Apart from that once again more than 10.000 aircraft flew to Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, making it at that time the busiest airport in the world with approximately 123 aircraft movements per hour. For the pilots it was once again the great fly-in, and the highlight for the airshow this year were the US Navy Blue Angels.

Read more ...

more Airshows

Zhuhai 2012

(Reading time: 2 - 3 minutes)

Zhuhai Airshow 2012
Where? Zhuhai, People's Republic of China
When? November 2012

The bi-annual Airshow China at Zhuhai is more or less the only chance to get a view on modern Chinese aviation hardware, and to take some legal photos of it. That was the main reason to go there once again, and this is how it came out in the end.

Read more ...

more Air-Air

NH90 Delivery Flight

(Reading time: 1 - 2 minutes)

NH90 Delivery Flight

Where? Donauwörth, Eurocopter site
When? 15/12/2006

The first three next-generation NH90 Tactical Transport Helicopters (TTH) were handed over to the German Army at Eurocopter’s Donauwörth facility in the presence of a large group of guests from the German Federal Ministry of Defence, the Federal Office of Defence Technology and Procurement, NAHEMA (NATO HElicopter Management Agency) as well as the German Army on December 13th, 2006.

Read more ...

Twitter feed

My Warbird Book

photos on www.airfighters.com