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!
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.