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Photo shows Greek F-4 Phantom drop 12 bombs in Vietnam-style attack during Parmenion drills

If you thought modern combat planes use only a handful of Laser Guided Bombs you were wrong.

On Oct. 2, several assets belonging to the Hellenic Armed Forces attended the final phase of the national joint exercise “PARMENION 2014”  held from Sept. 29 to Oct. 2, throughout the territory of Greece and within Athens FIR (Flight Information Region).

F-4 HAF live firing drop

Among the aircraft that took part in the live firing demo in Evros there were four F-4E AUP Phantom II of the 338 Squadron, firing 12 Mk82 (500lbs) dumb bombs each.

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Here are some images showing the sort-of carpet bombing by the 40-year old Phantoms involved in the drills along with F-16s and AH-64 Apache gunship helicopters.

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BDA (Battle Damage Assessment) was conducted by RF-4Es, including a Special Color one.

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Below is a video with the highlights of the activity on the firing range.

 H/T e-Amyna for the heads-up. Image credit HAF

 

Raw footage from Yom Kippur War shows Israeli F-4 Phantom Shoot Down Egyptian Mig-17

An amazing footage from 41 years ago shows a dogfight between an Israeli Phantom and an Egyptian Mig.

This clip, part of the documentary “Israel: A Home Movie” was filmed by Moshe Shargal who recalls the day when, in 1973, along with his friends, he witnessed a dogfight between an Israeli Air Force F-4 Kurnass (Sledgehammer) and an Egyptian Mig-17 over Ras Muhammad beach, at the southern extreme of the Sinai Peninsula, overlooking the Gulf of Suez, a territory captured by Israel in the Six-Day War in 1967.

It was Oct. 6, 1973, the day the hostilities started.

Suddenly, a group of Israeli friends who were celebrating the Yom Kippur, the holiest day in Judaism, in the Israeli-occupied territories, saw Mig fighter jets flying into Israel.

Twenty minutes later they spotted a Mig-17 again, followed by a Phantom that fired an air-to-air missile that brought down the Egyptian fighter jet.

Although bad in quality, the footage is an amazing document of one of the Israeli aerial victories during the Yom Kippur War.

In 1973, Israeli Air force (IAF) found itself facing an Arab Air Forces coalition which was composed by Egyptian and Syrian fighter squadrons, but also by units from Algeria, Iraq, Libya and … North Korea, that deployed a MiG-21 squadron to Bir Arida to protect Egypt’s south.

 

Pilots explain how Navy’s F-4 Phantoms intercepted Soviet Bombers near U.S. aircraft carriers

Developed as interceptor to protect U.S. Navy’s Carrier Battle Groups (CVBG), the F-4 had frequent close encounters with Soviet Tu-95 and Tu-16 bombers near aircraft carriers around the world

U.S. Navy F-4 Phantom jets were frequently launched by American flattops to intercept and shadow USSR strategic bombers that skirted aircraft carriers at low level to probe their reaction times.

The F-4s involved in these kind of interceptions, had the main task to ensure that all airborne intruders were met within the Carrier Group’s outer air defense perimeter.

LCDR Fred Staudenmayer, who was the first RIO (Radar Intercept Officer) to command an East Coast F-4J operational USN squadron (the VF-33 Tarsiers from Jun. 21, 1973 to Jan. 19, 1974, had several chances to intercept Tu-95s and Tu-16s during his deployment in the Mediterranean sea.

Staudenmayer explained one of these close encounters with Soviet bombers in Peter E. Davies book F-4 Phantoms U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Gray Ghosts:

“I once launched against a Soviet Tu-95 Bear that was almost upon the carrier when initially detected by our pathetic ship’s radar. […] I had the radar operating and detected a huge radar blip at about twelve miles, followed right away by a visual, and we were able to join up on his wing before he passed over the carrier at about 500 ft. This was always the goal and the politically correct thing: be on Bear or Badger’s wing, showing the world that you were escorting these uninvited visitors. […] During a cruise in the Bay of Biscay in USS Independence we had a large number of Soviet over-flights, thirty or forty as I recall, and we intercepted all of them (with assistance from sensors external to the Fleet!).”

Dealing with the attack profile followed by the F-4s during the interception: ”As a general rule, our attack profile started from a low or mid CAP (Combat Air Patrol) station (5,000 or 15,000 ft), and depending on ranges, etc. we would be in climbing attack, usually trying to attack from below. Not too much thought was given to vertical separation, sun position, hiding in the clouds, etc. These were all-weather attack profiles,” Staudenmayer recalled.

The main Bear and Badger weapons were their long range air-to-surface missiles, which caused several concerns to the Phantoms crews according to Staudenmayer:

“As the Soviet air-to-surface missiles got faster and more formidable capable our CAP stations got pushed further and further out. The goal was to be in a position to destroy the targeting or launch aircraft prior to missile release. Nevertheless, we usually trained against descending supersonic missile simulation […] We always thought we had a pretty good capability against such missiles, and an outstanding capability against Bears and Badgers.”

The F-4s belonging to the VF-11 Red Rippers were also involved in many Tu-16 interceptions, and William Greer told to Davies how several of them took place at night:

“Many intercepts were run at night, and the Badger would frequently shine a rather bright and distracting light at the escorting Phantom pilot. VF-11 rigged up a very strong spotlight, powered from the Phantom’s electrical system, and the first time we hit the Badger with that their performance became somewhat more restrained. I once intercepted a Bear while returning from my cruise in USS Enterprise, and with the aid of my two years of Russian at the Naval Academy, some white cards and a grease pencil, exchanged brief notes with the crewman occupying the rear gun sighting position.”

Another U.S. Navy Spook (as the legendary Phantom was dubbed by its personnel) pilot, Steve Rudloff, who experienced several Bear encounters, revealed that despite the tense moments, funny  events took place during these interceptions, as happened when one Tu-95 rear gunner offered a bottle of vodka to him: “ On Alert 5 (the high alert condition for crew members on the deck) aircraft for a brief time the back seat was equipped with a copy of Playboy magazine. I took off and intercepted a Bear, and in retaliation for the vodka I flashed the magazine centerfold, getting a hearty smile and a thumbs-up in response. We were always taking pictures of them, and vice versa. We were more than willing to take our oxygen masks off and let them get pictures.”

Moreover as explained by Rudloff, Phantom pilots experienced also chatty times with Soviet aircrews: “There was a point on one of my cruises where we actually spoke to some of Bears crew members. We indicated which frequency we were on and talked to a crew member who spoke English. He told us he lived in Moscow. Suddenly there was some talk in the background in Russian, and the conversation ceased, even though we tried to raise him again.”

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Image credit: U.S. Navy via F-4 Phantom II FB page

 

More than 100 Greek warplanes (including last A-7E Corsair jets) conduct live firing exercise

The Hellenic Air Force stages large exercise at the Kranea Firing Installation in Larisa.

On Jul. 3, more than 100 Greek fighter jets of all types demonstrated their air strike capabilities using various types of weapons, including guided missiles, bombs and cannons, at the Kranea Firing Installation in Larisa, Greece

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Hellenic Air Force’s F-16s Block 30 up to Block 52M, Mirage 2000-5, F-4E AUP Phantom, A-7E Corsair jets (at one of their last appearances before being retired in September) supported by an Erieye EMB-145H AEW&C took part in the exercise, which also featured AH-64DHA Longbow Apache attack helicopters of the Hellenic Army, that fired salvo of AGM-114K1 Hellfire missiles.

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The drills, included aerial tactical reconnaissance provided by the UAV PEGASUS, High Value Air Asset (HVAA) Protection/Attack and virtual dogfights, CSAR (Combat Search And Rescue) operation, supported by AH-64DHA Longbow Apache attack helos.

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Image credit: Hellenic Air Force

H/T to Strategy Reports for the heads-up.

[Photo] Anatolian Eagle 2014-2 exercise underway in Turkey

Several Turkish and foreign squadron are attending Exercise Anatolian Eagle underway at Konya airbase, in Turkey.

Inspired to the American Red Flag and Maple Flag, Exercise Anatolian Eagle, hosted by the Turkish Air Force at Konya airbase, has become one of the events spotters can’t miss.

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Several different air arms, with a wide variety of aircraft types are invited to attend the drills, which realize a realistic war environment, featuring numerous targets, threats and training support systems whose aim is to monitor the quality of the flying activity and test the knowledge and abilities of all participants.

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The exercise includes Combined Air Operation (COMAO) by “Blue” forces on the tactical and strategic targets in “Red” lands which are defended by aggressors and SAM systems.

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Along with Turkish F-16s, F-4s and Boeing 737 AEW&C Peace Eagle, Anatolian Eagle 2014-2, from Jun. 9 to 20, is attended by RAF Typhoons, Spanish Air Force Typhoons and F-18 Hornets, Royal Jordanian Air Force F-16s, and Qatar Air Force Mirage 2000s.

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In this post you can find the first images taken by this author on Jun. 18 at Konya airbase during the AE spotters day. More photographs, will be published soon.

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