Tag Archives: F4 Phantom

Flying the F4 in the North – Alaska

From 1974-1978 I flew intercepts of Soviet bombers off the coast of Alaska in the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II fighter.  I had arrived in Alaska fresh from a combat tour in Thailand, where I flew missions over Vietnam, Laos, … Continue reading

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You can go Home Again

Recently,  I spent a great day at the Air Force Museum in Dayton Ohio. It was amazing to see all those aircraft — every version of Air Force One from President Franklin Roosevelt’s plane to the 707 aircraft that took … Continue reading

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Ice Fog

The transition to winter here in the North East made me think of our time in Alaska. When we lived in Anchorage, winter came early, nearly always at the end of September.  It was then that there appeared what the … Continue reading

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Challenges

Flying the F4 E aircraft in Alaska was especially challenging, given the unforgiving terrain and the wide range of temperatures that the birds operated under.  The winter of 1970-71  was the first winter that the F-4E aircraft were exposed to … Continue reading

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Letters from the War – Thailand 7

The following excerpts are from  letters that were written to my wife and others during the Vietnam War, while I was stationed in Thailand. Because of the nature of the events, the letters seldom told the entire story to loved … Continue reading

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Letters from the War – Thailand 2

The following excerpts are from  letters that were written to my wife and others during the Vietnam War, while I was stationed in Thailand. Because of the nature of the events, the letters seldom told the entire story to loved … Continue reading

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Fighter Jock Nicknames

If you visited a  fighter squadron, you would immediately feel that you were seeing an episode of M*A*S*H*; all the main characters had nicknames. Some nicknames came from the background of the person involved. There was Captain “D Ring,” a … Continue reading

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