Category: Military Photography
Posted: January 22, 2019

A decommissioned Fighter/Bomber

A Phantom Jet!

by Sean T Phelan

Here's an old ( late 1990s vintage ) snapshot of a 'stuffed and mounted' ( and totally demilitarized ) McDonald Douglas F-4 'Phantom II' jet fighter/bomber that's been serving as a 'Gate Guard' display aircraft at the entrance to Marine Air Station Beaufort ,South Carolina. It's not the best looking photograph ( it was taken with my old 'Minolta clone' 35mm film camera and the light wasn't especially good that day! ) but I've always been interested in these famous old combat aircraft ( 'Flying Bricks' as they were affectionately called by their crews. ) and I wanted to share this scanned version of this snapshot that I happened upon in my 'archives' today!
( This one is painted up in the colors of VMFA 251 ( 'The Thunderbolts' ) a fighter/bomber squadron that still operates out of MAS Beaufort using F/A 18 Super Hornets today! ( and which will be transitioning to the hyper expensive and so-far rather 'dangerous to it's flight crews' F-35 Lightning II 'Joint Strike Fighters' in the near future! )
Post Type: Photography
Mixed Media: None A snapshot

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