Photos F-4 Phantom II Paradise

F-4G Wild Weasel of the USAF Weapons School at Nellis AFB.

F4 Phantom hit by 37mm flak attempts to land with back seater already ejected

The backseater who ejected from this F-4 is a pilot named Kenny Boone. Kenny was a pilot flying in the back seat on an orientation mission over the Ho Che Minh trail over Laos on November 18, 1968. Kenny’s airplane was hit by AAA while bombing the trail. Ray Battle, the aircraft commander, thought the airplane was going to crash so he told Kenny to eject. The frontseater recovered the airplane and landed it after Kenny departed.

Kenny landed in high trees in Laos. He was 200+ feet above the ground. Kenny heard the bad guys shooting and and acted as a tree-borne forward air controller. Kenny decided he would be safer in the trees so he did not use his tree lowering device to let down to the ground. It was getting dark and the search and rescue guys told Kenny they could not rescue him until the morning. Kenny stayed atop the trees in his parachute harness all night. The next morning the Jolly Green helicopter dropped Kenny a tree penetrator and lifted him from the trees to safety.
Lt. Col. (Ret) Jim “WAM” Harkins participated the final military flight of the storied F-4 Phantom II at Holloman AFB in 2016. The F-4 Phantom II entered the U.S. Air Force inventory in 1963 and was the primary multi-role aircraft in the USAF throughout the 1960s and 1970s. The F-4 flew bombing, combat air patrol, fighter escort, reconnaissance and the famous Wild Weasel anti-aircraft missile suppression missions. The final variant of the Phantom II was the QF-4 unmanned aerial targets flown by the 82nd at Holloman AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by J.M. Eddins Jr.)

F-4K Phantom, FG.1 in RAF service, XV576 of 43 Sqn, 'Fighting Cocks' seen coming in to land at RAF Luqa, Malta.

A USAF F-4C Phantom from the 199th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Hawaii Air National Guard, on 9 March 1979. Its crews scored four MiG kills while in service with the 480th TFS, 366th Tactical Fighter Wing, Da Nang air base (Vietnam), in 1967. This aircraft is today preserved as a gate guard mounted on a pole at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada (USA). Photo: 9 March 1979

Two F-4G Wild Weasel Phantoms of the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing. The aircraft are equipped with various armaments, including AIM-7F Sparrow, AGM-88 High Velocity Anti-Radiation Missile (HARM) and AGM-45 Shrike