F-4 Phantom, Pacific Coast Air Museum’s collection.Wings Over Wing Country Air Show, Santa Rosa, CA, USASeptember 25, 2015
Category: Graphic Tagged: Air Show, F-4, Pacific Coast Air Museum, Phantom, Photography, Santa Rosa, Santa Rosa airport, tail hook, Timothy S. Allen, Wings Over Wine Country
Another great photo….Thanks for sharing!
Michelle thank you. Planes are interesting to me for the design and graphics. I guess you could tell that.
LOL! Yes I could tell 😀 My passion is abandoned houses (but I’m sure you could tell as well) 😀 Love your pictures!
Thank you. I’m try to set a date and time to do a night shot with light painting in an abandoned barn and house. It should be interesting.
What do you mean by Light painting?
Light painting is when you use light such as a flashlight to light the surface of something while doing a long exposure. Here is a link to what could be a helpful blog site.
Thank You! 😀
Thank you. The view point of this image brought back memories of being an aviation electrician for a F-4 squadron. Fortunately, the aviation mechanics had to deal with the tail hook and engines. I just had to deal with the switches.
Un peu serrée mais belle prise!!!
Funny but what is it that is being removed? Great shot btw!
The red flag holds the pin that keeps the tail hook from falling if someone activates it from the cockpit while the plane is on the ground. It is critical to have the pin removed before launch off a carrier as it would be impossible to remove it in flight. A landing on a carrier deck can be difficult as it is but without a tail hook to catch one of the four arresting wires on aft of the flight deck the carrier has to resort to nets to catch the landing aircraft. That I’ve never seen happen.
A great photo and really interesting. I saw one of these at Hendon Royal Air Force museum in London recently. Other than that, I had an airfix model when I was a kid. Always liked the way this aircraft looked.
They were very strong planes. Pilots didn’t need pressure suits to flight as they didn’t create enough g forces to cause black out in accelerated turns as later aircraft. Here is more information on the F-4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McDonnell_Douglas_F-4_Phantom_II
Seems like just the kind of thing I’d forget to do 😉
Funny but I really hope not. I never saw one of these F-4 go into the ocean. Other planes yes.
Must be a terrifying experience for the crew and the guys who have to react to save them. Luckily no one trusts me behind the controls of an F-4 😉
Yes, it is. I watched a RA-5C Vigilante break a tail hook upon landing on the USS Independence, Its five crew members were killed when the plane didn’t have enough power to relaunch and went off the angle deck, flipped on its back and sunk. I always felt it was too big of a plane to be on a carrier. It was a dangerous place on the flight deck. Here is more on this aircraft. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_American_A-5_Vigilante
What a haunting thing to see happen Tim. Thanks for the link – the Vigilante was one impressive machine, built like a bullet!
Fantastic Angle. I still got 1 in a box – 1/35th scale model I got as a kid and still hope to construct it.
Kevin, thank you. It was an interesting aircraft. Lots of power. I used to sit at the end of the runway early in the evening and watch the F-4 take off and then go straight up with their afterburners full on. All you could see were the flames rotating from the rotating jets.
Must have been an awesome and loud scene.
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