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Sunday, March 04, 2007

F-4 Phantom

After making several orbits in formation with a World War 2 era P-47, all too distant to get good images of the pair, broke formation and this F-4, the primary fighter of the Air Force and Navy during the Vietnam era, made a closer approach. It's airspeed was relatively low, as noted by the extension of the leading edge slats on the wings. These are extended automatically to provide greater airfow over the wings to improve lift at slow airspeeds.

This Phantom is actually a QF-4 and carrys the markings of the 53rd Weapons Evaluations Group, Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida

Canon 20D - 1/800th second, 300mm @ f/ 5.6, ISO 100

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