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Old 02-10-2021, 03:41 AM   #1
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F-4 Phantom Read

A while back we had a thread on this forum called Phormer Phantom Phlyers and Phyxers. Just finished reading a book I really enjoyed called Vector to Destiny. I tried to mention it in the above thread but the thread is too old to take new posts so I thought I would start a new one. The book was written by a former F-4 Air Force pilot who grew up on a farm in Wisconsin and encountered many obstacles along the way to becoming an Air Force pilot. It is mainly about his 201 missions in Vietnam flying out of Danang AB. I was stationed at Danang AB in the USMC and it brought back many things I could identify with. If anyone is interested Amazon has it at the link below.

https://www.amazon.com/Vector-Destin.../dp/1646631579
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Just downloaded the book.
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Thanks for the link!
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Dang, paperbacks are now $16?
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A while back we had a thread on this forum called Phormer Phantom Phlyers and Phyxers. Just finished reading a book I really enjoyed called Vector to Destiny. I tried to mention it in the above thread but the thread is too old to take new posts so I thought I would start a new one. The book was written by a former F-4 Air Force pilot who grew up on a farm in Wisconsin and encountered many obstacles along the way to becoming an Air Force pilot. It is mainly about his 201 missions in Vietnam flying out of Danang AB. I was stationed at Danang AB in the USMC and it brought back many things I could identify with. If anyone is interested Amazon has it at the link below.

https://www.amazon.com/Vector-Destin.../dp/1646631579
FWIW you may still post to old threads you just need to check the box that you understand you are posting to a very old thread.
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Old 03-22-2021, 03:36 AM   #6
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FWIW you may still post to old threads you just need to check the box that you understand you are posting to a very old thread.
Thanks Ray, I was not aware of that.
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18 years PHixing F-4s

Worked on Phantoms as a Weapons Control Systems Tech and a Avionics Support Equipment Tech. Worked on Air Force C,D,E, and even a USMC J model. My First day on the flightline at Ubon RTAFB I watched a D model crash land and the Pilot and back seater ejected. Both survived unharmed. I said "does this happen every day"? and my trainer said "we sure hope not". Welcome to the War. We worked our asses off to keep the Phantom flying.
Worked Flightline, Backshop, CalDocks, and Cat II support Equip. All phases of F-4 support. Ended up with 4.5 years at Ubon and Udorn RTAFBs. April '71 to Dec '75. 5 years at Clark AB '78-'82, 5 years at Spangdahlem '84-'89. In '89 xtrained to F-16 PMEL Lab. Preferred the Phantom over the F-16. Loved the overseas duty, Not as much BS as stateside duty. Retired in '92.
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Were you with CRS people. Componant Repair Squadron
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Were you with CRS people. Componant Repair Squadron
Yes I was in CRS for quite a few years. Started out in AMS then CRS and Finally EMS.
AMS- Avionics Maintenance Sq
CRS- Component Repair Sq.
EMS- Equipment Maintenance Sq.
Same job with different names.
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I was either in MMS, Ems, Or the squardron. It depends what the Air Force wanted it that year.
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Found it on Barnes and Noble. I have a NOOK.
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Worked on Phantoms as a Weapons Control Systems Tech and a Avionics Support Equipment Tech. Worked on Air Force C,D,E, and even a USMC J model. My First day on the flightline at Ubon RTAFB I watched a D model crash land and the Pilot and back seater ejected. Both survived unharmed. I said "does this happen every day"? and my trainer said "we sure hope not". Welcome to the War. We worked our asses off to keep the Phantom flying.
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Very common job for me when working F-4s was "Remove PSO bucket for WCS". Can't remember how many time in my 20 years that happened. The Phantom was my first aircraft and my favorite to watch but not my favorite to work.
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We had to have the PSO seat removed to gain access to the Indicator Display Unit (ICU). The ICU controlled both the front and rear Radar scopes and anytime we have a scope problem 99% of the time it was caused by a ICU malfunction. Believe it or not most of the time is was a burnt out capacitor which required about about 10minutes to remove and solder a new one in place. Longest part of the job was soldering iron warm up and then the paperwork.
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We had to have the PSO seat removed to gain access to the Indicator Display Unit (ICU). The ICU controlled both the front and rear Radar scopes and anytime we have a scope problem 99% of the time it was caused by a ICU malfunction. Believe it or not most of the time is was a burnt out capacitor which required about about 10minutes to remove and solder a new one in place. Longest part of the job was soldering iron warm up and then the paperwork.
On Okinawa we used to just set the bucket on the lumbar pad and leave it on or under the wing depending on the weather. Most of the time if we took it back to the shop job control was calling for it to be installed before we had a chance to unload it. Not complaining, mind you, it was the way the beast was put together.
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