Friend of mine was on the last cruise in VF-151…
USS Midway (CV-41) was the last US Navy aircraft carrier to operate the McDonnell Douglas F-4S Phantom II. On March 25th 1986 the Midway sent the Phantoms to the beach for good.
The article and a nice little video are HERE. No combat footage in this one, but interesting shots of tanking and carrier ops.
This video, starting about 7:30 in, shows combat footage of F-4s in Vietnam. Frito received a DFC for one of their flights during his deployment there in 68.
One of the things to consider is that the F-4 was ‘originally’ designed as a fighter/interceptor, without a gun…
They did develop a centerline pod with a 20mm gun, that was moderately successful, and the Marines turned the F-4 into a bomber in Vietnam to provide CLOSE air support to their guys on the ground.
One helluva airplane, and proof that with enough power, a brick will fly! 🙂
Frito actually retired rather than converting to the F-14 or F-18, saying nothing would compare to the time he’d spent in the Phantom.