Emergency over North Sea: cockpit recording lets you hear aircrew ejecting from an F-4D Phantom jet

Dec 12 2012 - 5 Comments

The cockpit audio you can find below in the form of video with trancript was recorded in 1975, during a flight that ended with the ejection of a pilot and a WSO (Weapon System Officer) out of a U.S. Air Force F-4D Phantom, about 80 miles off the coast of England. It was uploaded to Youtube with some background photo by the son of the pilot who says: “Both my dad and his navigator were rescued […]”

The recording starts with “Trest 11” a flight of three Phantom jet performing air-to-air training before (at 04:00 min) one of the F-4s suffers a compressor stall.

Hear the rest of the advendure unfolding.

Image credit: U.S. Air Force

Although the pilot of the doomed fighter jet gives bearing, range and distance to RAF Bentwaters, “Trest” was a standard radio callsign of the 48th FW, based at RAF Lakenheath.

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  • Rob

    Glad to hear your dad made it ok. The garbled part of the reply the the mayday on guard at 05:00 was Great Yarmouth (town on the east coast)


  • The radios in the F-4s of that era were crap, as this tape shows.

  • Your dad was a member of the 493 TFS based in Lakenheath. I knew his backseater fairly well.

  • Gayle DeMeo

    This is great…. I’m so amazed at how calm they remained. I was on the edge my seat listening. Thank you for sharing. I am grateful to your father and the other men for their service.

  • Fran Bright

    HI Steve, Great job on the tape. I was also happy to see a photo I had not seen before of my late husband, Bill Bright
    at 23.31 in the tape. Thanks for sharing!