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

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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