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#2 Tom Gloor  2009-10-29 00:00
I was crew chief on 65-0859 in 1972 in Birmingham at the 106th. When I left it was still there but later was transfered to another Guard unit because it was a different block number than the 63-64 aircraft. There were some differences in the camera setups and electronics. 859 came back to Birmingham in the late 80's and was sent to storage from there. Great airplane!
#1 Fred Treadway  2005-08-09 00:00
I was crew chief on this aircraft at Tan Son Nhut Airbase, Vietnam in 1970 and 1971. We were assigned to the 12th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron which was part of the 460th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing. I recall two incidents with 65-0859. The first was during a hard landing at TSN. Both main tires blew immediately upon touch down and the aircraft did an abrupt 180 on the runway and stopped in a very short distance. I had bragging rights for the aircraft with the shortest landing roll in the squadron. After a couple days of inspections due to the hard landing, the aircraft flew perfect the next mission. The second incident involved the aircraft losing a large portion of the right wingfold. This obviously had no affect on the flight characteristics because the pilots were unaware of the damage. I pointed it out to them as I was putting the safety pins in the seats. We guessed it must have been a surface-to-air missile that caused the damage. When the 12th TRS closed operations at Tan Son Nhut in 1971, 65-0859 transferred to Bergstrom AFB, Texas. I think it eventually ended up with an Air National Guard unit in Alabama. I worked on several models of Phantoms for about 12 years and enjoyed every minute. The F-4 was one tough warrior.

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