The F-4 is a legendary and dearly beloved aircraft. Introduced to the U.S. Military in the 60’s, it was first used by the U.S. Navy and subsequently adapted for the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Air Force, becoming a major part of their respective air wings by the mid-1960’s. Among other things, the Phantom has the distinction of being the last U.S. fighter flown to attain ace status in the 20th century.
The F-4 Phantom was retired from active combat service by 1996, replaced by faster and more technologically advanced fighter jets, such as the F-15, F-16, and F-18, just to mention a few. Now, the “Spook” has once again a new “unique” mission. The old F-4 Phantom has been converted to a QF-4, a remotely piloted aircraft for use as an aerial target. In this video, members of the 82nd Aerial Target Squadron at Tyndall Air Force Base, use the QF-4 for a unique mission, the last great and useful mission of the legendary fighter, by providing their pilots real aircraft to hone their skills. Undoubtedly, a great way to go out.