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F-16 still going strong

Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by Meat-O-Rama, Feb 16, 2012.

  1. Meat-O-Rama

    Meat-O-Rama Vegetarians are so stupid.

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    The only plane I can think of with that kind of longevity is the B-52.

    http://www.lockheedmartin.com/us/news/press-releases/2012/february/0215aero-F-16V.html

    SINGAPORE, Feb. 15, 2012 – Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] unveiled a new version of the F-16 today at the Singapore Airshow. The F-16V will feature enhancements including an active electronically scanned array (AESA)radar, an upgraded mission computer and architecture, and improvements to the cockpit – all capabilities identified by the U.S. Air Force and several international customers for future improvements.
  2. Phoenix

    Phoenix Well-Known Member

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    Well, the F-15 is still going strong as well.
  3. Wolfpack

    Wolfpack Well-Known Member

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    F-4 had a long run.
  4. tomson75

    tomson75 Brain Dead Shill

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    I still see a couple flying around my condo from time to time...not sure if they're coming out of Eglin or Tyndall. Usually sharing airspace with F-22s. It's weird.
  5. realtick

    realtick Benched

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    It's amazing these jets are still going strong. The F-14, as well as the other ones mentioned were built off of designs some 30 to 40 years ago.

    Top Gun > Iron Eagle
  6. Meat-O-Rama

    Meat-O-Rama Vegetarians are so stupid.

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    haha, agreed
  7. ologan

    ologan Well-Known Member

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    "Wild Weasel"?
  8. Phoenix

    Phoenix Well-Known Member

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    Phantoms. F-4 Phantom.

    How long have I been playing fantasy football? My first team had Marino on it, and these babies, the F-4s were still going strong out of Sembach air base in Germany...and my first team name? The Phantoms. :)
  9. CowboyDan

    CowboyDan Anger is a Gift

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    This is the jet that came to mind first to me as well. Still my favorite of all-time. Always loved the dual exhaust. :)

    "...It first entered service in 1960 with the U.S. Navy.......The F-4 Phantom II remained in use by the U.S. in the reconnaissance and Wild Weasel (suppression of enemy air defenses) roles in the 1991 Gulf War, finally leaving service in 1996.[7][8]"


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  10. Sam I Am

    Sam I Am Unfriendly and Aloof!

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    I haven't gotten to see an F-22 in person yet. My dad builds the F-35.
  11. Dallas

    Dallas Old bulletproof tiger

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    I see gobs of them fly by my office window each and everyday. They are awesome. We get to see them at the local air show since they arrived at Elmendorf AFB. Pretty flippin awesome plane.
  12. realtick

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    I always found it a bit strange that at onetime the F-4s were used as the Blue Angel's planes. F-4s were not best known for its manueverability and agility, as the A-4s and F-18s.
  13. k19

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    The f-16's still a baby

    f-16 -1978

    C-130 -1957

    KC-135 - 1957

    b-52 - 1955

    U2-1957
  14. 5Stars

    5Stars Here comes the Sun... Zone Supporter

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    i see F-16's almost everyday! And, my home is right under a flight path of those noisy, bad *** planes!

    I live in Utah about 5 miles from Hill, AFB (see below) and I worked for the Defense Information Systems Agency as a mainframe computer programmer and our building was on Hill AFB. I see all kinds of planes everyday. And, the Hill AFB Space Museum is awesome. It has almost every plane that has been made for the Military, plus some bad ICBM's on display.



    Hill Air Force Base is an Air Force Materiel Command base located in northern Utah. Hill is home to many operational and support missions, with the Ogden Air Logistics Center (OO-ALC) serving as the host organization. The center provides worldwide engineering and logistics management for the F-16 Fighting Falcon, A-10 Thunderbolt II, Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile. The base performs depot maintenance of the F-16, A-10 and C-130 Hercules aircraft.
  15. casmith07

    casmith07 I'm the best poster in the game!

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    Good old C-130. Jumped that one enough times.
  16. Aikmaniac

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    I think F-4's are used more as drones now. RF-4's were used for recon purposes...and I do remember a wild weasel version as well.

    The only F-4 I've seen fly is the "flying museum" as they call it. It's usually part of the Heritage Flights.
  17. ologan

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    Yes there was a WW version of the "Fox4",for both ecw jamming and radar suppresion. There are certain aircraft, both fixed wing and rotary, that you can identify by their sound before seeing them. One is the UH-1B Huey,and the other, for me, the F-4 Phantom. I can also identify a Cobra and a Loach by sound.
  18. Meat-O-Rama

    Meat-O-Rama Vegetarians are so stupid.

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    Good info. I thought of those tankers as I was posting, but too lazy to do the research.
  19. Cythim

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    South Korea still flies the F-4 but they are supposed to be phasing it out within the next decade. They want F-22s but will probably only get the F-35.
  20. perrykemp

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    Life long superfan of the F-4.

    There are some neat F-4 variations that <almost> were....

    My favorite, the Mach 3 Israel F-4X. Killed by the US because it would hurt the F-15 program.

    Also the Israeli F-4 Super Phantom variant which was considered a potential danger by the Congress to a number of more aircraft (F/A-18 C/D particularly) who were protecting Lockheed / Boeing / McDonnell Douglas / etc who wanted to ensure foreign air forces bought new F16s rather than upgrading their F-4s.

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