You guys are good. Between the three of you most were answered correctly. There were some flakey questions, or stupid questions, whatever....
1. I have often wondered if the overall white/grey paint scheme I mentioned identical to that which was being applied to USN
F-4Bs at the time, or was there a different paint FSN used. Can anyone help?
Thanks for info on this Spacepope-I always thought it was not the same as the Navy's paint job. Those early USAF
F-4s looked sweet!
2. What letters were selected in the buzz number?
Yes, Spacepope, it was "FJ"
3. Would they have used the loaned Phantoms much for USAF
air-air refuelling work?
Agreed, they wouldn't have practiced AAR
much because USAF
was to use the flying boom method with their Phantoms. Oddly enough, if you had an ex-F-100 pilot in the USAF
Phantoms then, he probably had plenty of experience with the hose-drogue method, as that was how the F-100C (and D?) did AAR
4. Did the Navy get their F-4Bs back?
I think I read that they did get them back.
5. Did those USAF
pilots attend Top gun school in their F-4s?
Yeah, I think this was too early for USN
Top Gun. I wonder if the early F-4Cs had the 20mm gun pods then anyway. Most of their air-air ACM likely was simulated missile shoots.
6. What air-air missile was broiught into USAF
inventory for the first time with the introduction of the Phantom? The Sidewinder was in the USAF
inventory from around 1958 onward, while the Sparrow was the missile the Phantom brought to the USAF
inventory, much to the disdain of the AIM-4 Falcon-loving brass. Eventually the Falcon would become operational on F-4Ds, at least for a while.
7. When was the first flight of the Phantom?
Shit Hot Popester, May '58.
8. Where did the initial USAF
workup take place?
9. The GIB
in the USN
was a RIO, while he was a ____ in USAF
10.Which flew higher, the F-104 or the F-4?
I'm talking zoom climbs here.The F-104A exceeded 91,000 feet the same month the F-4 Phantom first flew. The Phantom exceeded 100,000 Ft. in April, 1962. The rocket-assisted NF
-104A attained 120,000 ft.in Dec 1963, though I would not have been referring to a "one-off" special mod like this in my question.
11. If you downed an enemy aircraft in a Phantom, the kill marking usually was applied to the _______ plate.
Yes, splitter plate.
12. The presence of a heavy tailhook on USAF
F-4s was the cause of the "tailhook scandal" (_____) YES (_____) NO.
NO!!! It had nothing to do with the scandal, and I was chuckling the whole time as this really was a pretty bogus question.
13. Like the Air Force, the Navy operated a sizable number of recon Phantoms
(____) YES (____) No.
NO, the RF4Bs were USMC
aircraft as Spacepope pointed out. So why didn't the Navy opt for the RF-4 if it was so good?
14. A drone Phantom is so named because of the steady noise produced by its engine(s). (____) YES (____) NO.
NO, it was an unmanned target drone.
15. Early on engine Fan blade nicks were a common reason for grounding the Phantoms. (____) NO (____) YES.
NO, the J-79 was a turbojet engine, not turbofan.
16. Did the Phantom ever score a kill while in supersonic flight?
I didn't know the answer, but I believe the Popester on this
16.a. 5 pt. Bonus: If so, with what weapon?
17.Bonus non-Phantom question. The F-109 was a prototype effort that involved VTOL technology developed in what European country?
I recall the 109 was a Bell Aircraft project that involved a three-letter consortium (like VKW or something) in Germany. The straight winged aircraft had rotating twin jets at each and of its stubby-remember? Or maybe I'm all screwed up and thinking of something else.
18. Giveaway: OTTOMH=Off the top of my head= 5 Pts.
19. In USAF
service, the Phantom replaced the Super Sabre in many wings.
_______________ was to the former what Los Angeles was to the latter.
Yes, St.Louis, where it was built. B'Jeezus, they call the place Boeing now, don't they? Pope, you musta' been thinking about submarines by the sound of it.
20. What alphabetic model variant (F4A-Z) letter was used for American services twice, in two unrelated roles?
I ain't giving you guys this one. The USN
Phantom first flew in 1963, and the USAF
Phantom, (Wild-Weasel variant) first flew in 1975. This repeat use of the G designation was a DOD screw-up far as I can see.
Thanks for your efforts, guys.