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PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 7:58 am 
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The Phantom is such an iconic aircraft that every news item featuring its current Phlying exploits these days is worthy of mention.

http://www.warbirdsnews.com/airshow-new ... shows.html

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didn't know some nations are still using them

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 5:38 pm 
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tom d. friedman wrote:
didn't know some nations are still using them


Yup, the Turkish are still using them and the Japan Air Self-Defense Force.

Germany retired them last year,here is our article on the retirement ceremony: http://www.warbirdsnews.com/airshow-new ... ewell.html

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It seems with the expense of airplanes these days that old airframes are the equivalent of the World War II Navy ships that were modernized after the war and continue to serve for 30 to even 50 years.

One wonders if our country, god forbid, was ever engaged in large scale hostilities, would old airframes be reconditioned for combat again?...kind of like the old four-piper destroyers of World War II being converted to Destroyer Transports or Seaplane Tenders.


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would old airframes be reconditioned for combat again?...kind of like the old four-piper destroyers of World War II being converted to Destroyer Transports or Seaplane Tenders.


Uh oh, you just blew the current administrations secret, resolute, intensely diplomatic plan....

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would old airframes be reconditioned for combat again?...kind of like the old four-piper destroyers of World War II being converted to Destroyer Transports or Seaplane Tenders.


Uh oh, you just blew the current administrations secret, resolute, intensely diplomatic plan....


This administration has a plan ? to have a plan they first must have a clue.....

as far a F-4s in today's combat, update the avionics and engines and have at it.

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Except that in many cases those airframes that might have a viable role if refurbed are simply gone, as in ground up into little pieces. Case in point; TOMCATS ! They were destroyed within 2 weeks of arrival at AMARG.

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Warbirds News wrote:
tom d. friedman wrote:
didn't know some nations are still using them


Yup, the Turkish are still using them and the Japan Air Self-Defense Force.

Plus the Iranians of course....


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2014 5:23 am 
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Andy Marden wrote:
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tom d. friedman wrote:
didn't know some nations are still using them


Yup, the Turkish are still using them and the Japan Air Self-Defense Force.

Plus the Iranians of course....



are they? Didn't realize that.

Are they using the Phantoms as aggressor drones for the F-14s???

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