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German F-4s Landing With Refueling Open - Why?  
User currently offlineSoren-a From Denmark, joined Sep 2001, 235 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2625 times:

Hi

I have often noticed that when the German F-4 Phantoms are landing they do so with the refueling slot open as you can see in these pictures:


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Anyone know why they do this??

Regards
Søren Augustesen


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User currently offlineMikeclod From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 272 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2492 times:

I can't tell, where is the refueling port?
Mikeclod


User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 52
Reply 2, posted (11 years 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2493 times:

I believe that it is that protrusion behind the rear cockpit about a third of the way to the tail...as for why...no idea...

Greg



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User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13229 posts, RR: 77
Reply 3, posted (11 years 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2442 times:

The F-4F was a lighter F-4E, a fuel tank was deleted as well as AIM-7 provision, and no in flight refueling receptacle.
The modernization delivered AIM-120 provision as well as new avionics, including an APG-65 radar. I'm guessing here but could in flight refueling capability have been added in as well, given the different circumstances the Luftwaffe now operate in, no longer being confined to Central Europe?
As this was not an as built receptacle, could it be that this modification is visible at all times?


User currently offlineSpacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 2952 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (11 years 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2413 times:

My sources don't mention anything about deletion of the air to air refuelling. In fact, I have a 1984 vintage pic of onetaken form a KC-135. Granted, it is very hard to tell the difference between an F-4E and -F from above...

As for if the modification is visable at all times.. I would wager that if the recepticle was to stay open, they probably would not have even bothered to install doors on it.

T.J.



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User currently offlineSpacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 2952 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (11 years 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2418 times:

Whoopsie, just had a look at a cutaway drawing of an RF-4C, to see how the airforce AAR recepticle is set up. Ignore the comment above about the doors. I did check other photos of F-4F's in the database, and it seems the recepticle is closed in flight. The cutaway I was using before was that of an F-4M. Not too helpful for this question.

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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29802 posts, RR: 58
Reply 6, posted (11 years 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2389 times:

Boy, I don't think you could deploy a phantom nonstop to the states without inflight refueling, or a hell of a lot of stops,

Especially if it is short one fuel tank.

Remember the Luftwaffe sends its crews to Nevada and Arizona to train.



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User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 19
Reply 7, posted (11 years 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2338 times:

Stops in Scotland, Iceland and Canada, plus a heavy load of ferry tanks L-188.


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User currently offlineCheshire From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 112 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (11 years 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2288 times:

But doesn't the Luftwaffe have a squadron of F-4s permanently based at Holloman? Why the need for these cross Atlantic drags?

User currently offlineContact_tower From Norway, joined Sep 2001, 536 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (11 years 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2305 times:

Because the Holloman sqn is a OCU unit. You still need to exercise the operational units......  Big grin I'm not sure if the F-4s at Holloman are the same spec as German based squadrons eighter.

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