Take a seat in the cockpit of one of the last USAF F-4 Phantoms as it arrives at Oshkosh airshow

Jul 27 2016 - 11 Comments

Helmet camera provides a unique point of view of the arrival at the 2016 EAA AirVenture airshow in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, of one of the last U.S. Air Force F-4s.

Two of the just twenty remaining Phantoms in the U.S. Air Force, have taken part in EAA AirVenture airshow.

Flying from Holloman Air Force Base, NM, the two QF-4s performed two flyovers and one low approach before landing.

Thanks to AirshowStuff and a camera attached to the pilot’s helmet, you can experience the classy arrival of the Phantoms from inside the cockpit of the leading QF-4.

The last operational F-4 flight took place in April 1996; after the retirement from the active service, the Phantom continued to serve in the target drone role. Unfortunately even this kind of mission is coming to an end and the two Phantoms that took part in the Oshkosh airshow, serving as full-scale aerial targets with the 82nd Aerial Target Squadron, Det. 1, are going to be shot down during testing within the next 6 months…

QF-4s are being replaced by QF-16s.

Here’s footage filmed from the ground:

H/T Giulio Cristante for the heads-up.

Top image credit: AirshowStuff

  • Horn

    Arguably the most successful US warplane of all time.

    • Grant Little

      Pretty sure the F-15 has a higher kill ratio, and will be in service longer than the F-4 did.

  • rockontheleads

    Here they are 4/22/16 at NAS Point Mugu in California

  • humphrey9

    Note at 2:00 the difference between right and left afterburners of the second aircraft. Does it mean a loss of thrust ?

  • cageyc

    Seems such a shame that they are going to be shot down.

  • “Yeah your old man did it right. What I’m about to tell you is classified, it could end my career. We’re in the worst dogfight I ever dreamed of, there were bogies like fireflies all over the sky. His F-4 was hit, he was wounded but could have made it back, he stayed in it, saved three planes before he bought it…”

    She’s not 102-0 but that’s because she was built with a different line of thinking, enough to give her 306-106 (at least I think that’s the record). That’s a good record in my book!

  • what an excellent bird

  • Michael Keating

    Only got so see one fly a couple of times and loved it. It LOOKS like a warplane with that nose and the cans under the tail.

  • J.T.

    Yo!…The Dude (Pilot) went around the airport 4 times before final…does that GPS front & centre in the cockpit not work??

  • James Goodwin

    Why not save the camo F-4E for a museum? Shoot down the remaining 19 ships.

  • KLD

    What an awesome workhorse. Surprised how quiet it is in the cockpit with those huge ass engines. The placement really is a factor.