summer oph 2013 - sad days phor european photographers - german air phorce making the last phlights with one of the last big phighter. born in the 1960's, this double ugly beautiphul legend was becoming phamous in many ways ... not only surphiphing many of her successors, but also playing an important role in air superiority, ground attack and reconnaissance missions.
diphicult to choose out of the many good photos i'phe made oph the rhino - and ephery photo is another stunning memory in my brain. let's dream wiph some oph those pictures ...
Most of the pictures here where made at Hopsten in 2001. With three different spec c/s flying and many Phantoms still in active duty it was one of the best possibilities to smell, feel and photograph these legends.
TOP picture is showing 37+10 taxiing / ABOVE is spec c/s to celebrate 40 years of JG72 "Westfalen"
ABOVE again the spec c/s 40 years of duty, this time with Starfighter on the belly / BELOW the spec c/s 40 years JG74 "Mölders" in 2001
ABOVE spec c/s from JG-73 "Steinhoff" at Laage in 2001 / BELOW Phantom in normal sheme of the last years
BELOW some of the german RECCE Phantoms will fly some more years with the Turkish Air Force, here the former 35+74
ABOVE smokin beautiphul / BELOW Ugly Beauty ready to land
BELOW the last smoke