I was just checking the Pentagon picture site. Imagine my surprise at finding this beautiful study of a US Air Force F-4E Phantom II as the lead photograph. It seems Gen Ronald Keys, retiring as commander of Air Combat Command, got to pilot the beast on the final flight of his 40-year career.
And, yes, the USAF retired the F-4 some time ago. ACC says the ‘Toom’ flown by Gen Keys on his ‘fini flight’ was one of 50 QF-4 drones normally operated unmanned by the 82nd Aerial Target Squadron at Tyndall AFB.
“Don’t shoot, I’m retired!” (USAF photo)