Phabulous Phantom Photo: F-4 fighter jet’s romantic take off into a rainbow

Taken few hours ago at Decimomannu airbase, in Sardinia, by Gian Luca Onnis, the following picture shows a German Air Force F-4 Phantom with the Jadgdeschwader (JG) 71 “Richthofen”, taking off into a rainbow, shortly after a thunderstorm.

The JG-71, from Wittmund, is Germany’s last F-4 operational squadron and the sortie on Oct. 1 afternoon was the last one on the Phantom for the squadron’s commander: the change of command ceremony will take place at “Deci” on Oct. 2.

Image credit: Gian Luca Onnis

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