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Phantom Pharewell: The Movie

So here we are, 2013 is nearing its end. It was a year filled to the brim with aviaton news, but the most memorable moment was almost certainly the retirement of the great German F-4F Phantom. Vincent Kok was able to make a truly fantastic movie about this sad and at the same time festive occasion. Here’s to 2014 and the good ol’ Phantom one more time. Enjoy!

© 2013 AIRheadsFLY, with thanks to Vincent Kok.

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Paint art at one of the last German Phantoms (Image © Elmer van Hest)
Phantom Pharewell Afterparty
Luftwaffe F-4F Phantom II with serial 38+28 in a shelter at Wittmundhafen AB (Image © Elmer van Hest)
Wittmund Pharewell
Hiko Kaihatsu Jikkendan. What's that? Hiko Kaihatsu Jikkendan, or in other words, the JASDF test unit. That's to whom this F-4EJ belongs. It is seen here at Gifu airbase. (Image © Elmer van Hest)
Phantom Pheature

Wittmund Pharewell

Luftwaffe F-4F Phantom II with serial 38+28 in a shelter at Wittmundhafen AB (Image © Elmer van Hest)
Luftwaffe F-4F Phantom II with serial 38+28 in a shelter at Wittmundhafen AB (Image © Elmer van Hest)

June 2013 will be noticed in the world’s aviation records as the goodbye to the legendary McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II fighter from West-European skies as the German Air Force said farewell to the type after 40 years of operations. But not before Fighter Wing 71 (Jagdgeschwader 71) threw a little party at its homebase Wittmundhafen in the north of the country. Special paint jobs had turned the last of the Luftwaffe F-4s in tasty eye-candy, as witnessed by tens of thousands of enthousiasts, including AIRheads editors.

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Luftwaffe McDonnell Douglas F-4F Phantom II 37+01, the ever first of the type delivered to the German Air Force, performing a high-speed pass of Wittmundhafen, Germany (Image © Marcel Burger)
Luftwaffe McDonnell Douglas F-4F Phantom II 37+01, the ever first of the type delivered to the German Air Force, performing a high-speed pass of Wittmundhafen, Germany (Image © Marcel Burger)