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F-4E Phantom (307TH TFS):

307TH TFS F-4Es RETURN FROM UDORN, THAILAND & VIETNAM NOVEMBER 3, 1972

 

On November 3, 1972, the 307th Tactical Fighter Squadron of the 31st Tactical Fighter Wing returned home to Homestead Air Force Base, Florida.  They had been deployed to Vietnam, operating out of Udorn, Thailand.  Among the aircraft were several MiG killers, and many of the F-4Es were painted with shark mouths and eyes on the nose.  All were painted in the Standard Southeast Asia Camouflage Scheme, which was the norm for most F-4 in USAF service at that time.

In 1972, the standard tail code of the 307th TFS was ZF, but during the deployment, several replacement aircraft were transferred to the squadron from the 555th Tactical Fighter Squadron which had flown the aircraft on earlier deployment to Vietnam.  While serving with the 307th TFS, these Phantoms retained the ED tail code that was assigned when they were flying with the 555th TFS.

As these F-4Es returned home to the base, and the pilots and weapons systems officers rejoined their families, Warren Munkasy and Bert Kinzey photographed the aircraft and the event.  The photographs in this photo set are several of the photographs taken that day and the day after.  They are some of the oldest original photographs in the Detail & Scale collection, being almost forty years old.  Most of these examples were taken by Warren Munkasy, because he had the better camera at that time.

We acknowledge and remember the crews who flew these aircraft and maintained them during the war in Vietnam.  When these photos were taken they were in their twenties, thirties and forties. Today, as this set is posted in 2011, they are all senior citizens.

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A replacement aircraft from the 555th TFS had a serial number that ended in 307, so the squadron commander of the 307th TFS adopted it as his aircraft and added a small TH after the 307 on each side of the tail.  This was the first aircraft to land, and the weapon systems officer flew the squadron’s flag from the rear cockpit as the aircraft taxied to the parking area.  (Detail & Scale copyright photo by Warren Munkasy)

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The opposite side of the squadron commander’s aircraft is shown here the following day parked on the ramp.  For the flight home, the F-4Es carried external fuel tanks on their centerline and outboard wing stations.  Travel pods, used to carry the crew’s luggage, were attached to both of the inboard pylons.  (Detail & Scale copyright photo by Warren Munkasy)>

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F-4E, 67-210, has the assigned ZF tail code for the 307th TFS and also wears a MiG kill marking on intake ramp.  It bagged a MiG-19.  (Detail & Scale copyright photo by Warren Munkasy)

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The opposite side of MiG killing F-4E, 67-210, is shown here shortly after its engines were shut down. (Detail & Scale copyright photo by Warren Munkasy)

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This close-up of F-4E, 67-210, shows the shark face to good effect.  Note also the 210 on the nose gear door.  (Detail & Scale copyright photo by Warren Munkasy)

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The MiG kill marking on F-4E, 67-210, is shown here.  Unlike some of the other aircraft in the squadron, the red canopy rails on this Phantom were not outlined in white.  (Detail & Scale copyright photo by Warren Munkasy)

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F-4E, 67-232, was another MiG killer that returned with the 307th.  (Detail & Scale copyright photo by Warren Munkasy)

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F-4E, 67-327, taxies to the parking area after landing.  (Detail & Scale copyright photo by Warren Munkasy)

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Another returning Phantom was F-4E, 67-255.  Careful examination of the photos in this set will reveal that each shark face was rather unique, and while they looked similar, each was a little different from the others.  Also note that the red canopy rails on this aircraft were outlined in white and extended down around the sides of the windscreen.  On some aircraft, the entire fin cap was painted red, while on others, like this one, only the upper half of the cap was painted red.  (Detail & Scale copyright photo by Bert Kinzey)

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F-4E, 67-362, was another Phantom that had been transferred to the 307th TFS from the 555th TFS.  It still had the ED tail code, and it was one of the few aircraft returning that did not have a shark face on the nose.  However, note the two MiG kill markings on the intake ramp.  On July 8, 1972, Captains Steve Ritchie and Chuck DeBellvue, the U. S. Air Force’s two top MiG killers of the Vietnam War, flew this Phantom and shot down two MiG-21s while assigned to the 555th TFS.   (Detail & Scale copyright photo by Warren Munkasy)

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The opposite side of double MiG killer, 67-362, is shown here.  (Detail & Scale copyright photo by Warren Munkasy)

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F-4E, 67-383, was another Phantom that had been transferred to the 307th TFS from the 555th  TFS.  It also did not have a shark face painted on it, nor did it have any special marking on the canopy rails or fin cap.  (Detail & Scale copyright photo by Warren Munkasy)

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One of the other former 555th TFS aircraft to return with the 307th TFS on November 3, 1972, was 67-264.  However, this aircraft did have the red squadron color on the top half of the fin cap and on the canopy rails.  (Detail & Scale copyright photo by Warren Munkasy)

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