Aviation Photo #1334168 McDonnell F-4A Phantom II - USA - Navy

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This early Phantom (original designation F4H-1F) set a low-altitude speed record, still unbeaten, on 28.8.61, when Lts Huntington Hardisty (pilot) and Earl De Esch (RIO) flew her at 903 mph over a 3 km low-altitude course at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The maximum altitude reached was only 125 ft, fully living up to the project name - Sageburner. 145307 is seen here at the NASM's storage facility with B-29 'Enola Gay'.
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    Richard Vandervord
    USA - Navy
    McDonnell F-4A Phantom II
    McDonnell F-4 Phantom II
    McDonnell F-4 Phantom II
    September 1979
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9 years ago
The subject matter makes this pic so great. As a model builder (1/48th plastic stuff mostly) I like aircraft from this era the most. The once and former Meteor Productions at one time had a resin kit to backdate the Hasagwa F-4 kit but a nasty divorce caused the owner to have to close shop to keep her from walking off with half his stuff. The kit now sells for outrageous prices on "e-bay" if you can find it. Isn't it a wonder how a woman can make multiple men miserable at the same time? BTW the Air Force should have challenged the Navys speed record, with the F-105. I read about F-4 drivers complaining about the thuds walking away from them once theyhad dumped their bombs.

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