|F-4C - We had a squadron of these on Okinawa.|
Lately I've come across a number of interesting sites with lots of cool Phantom information. Well, it's cool to me, many others as well (apparently).
Now the Navy has the NATOPS, their version of a flight manual. (I've seen the one for the Super Hornet, heavy stuff, don't know how The WSO and Big Time keep it all straight in their heads!) In the Air Force we had the Dash-1, as we flightline gorillas referred to it. Here's the front page for my old jet (Virgil and Juvat no doubt still remember this):
|Want a copy? Go here, prices vary based on your desired media, but it's around $50.|
The Weapon Control Systems (WCS) on the F-4 were comprised of the Radar Set, the Intercept Computer and the Optical Sight (gun sight). About the only thing we could do with the gun sight was replace the bulb. Which I wrote about here. Most of the WCS equipment on the F-4E was solid state, much of that in the Cs and Ds was vacuum tubes. (No doubt all my readers in VFA-2, I think there are 3 of 'em, including The WSO, are no doubt wondering what a vacuum tube is. If I know Bubbles, he's already Googled it and is regaling his squadron mates with that information. They will, no doubt, mock him afterwards.)
Here's some cockpit layout stuff from the Dash-1, these diagrams brought back a lot of memories (not all of them pleasant mind you).
|Main instrument panel, front cockpit|
|Left and Right consoles, front cockpit|
|Main instrument panel, rear cockpit|
|Left and Right consoles, rear cockpit|
I spent hundreds of hours in both cockpits. Tweaking, aligning, troubleshooting, staring off into space... Um, yeah. Moving right along.
Lots of stuff on an aircraft that can kill you, even when it's not in the air. Follow the instructions in the tech orders (T.O.s as we called 'em) and obey all the safety stuff you had pounded into you in tech school and you'd be fine. If you really paid attention, you got good at it. Then those lofty personages called "air crew" might even deign to speak with you.
Especially if you're buying.
Phantom drivers and their WSOs will not turn down strong beverages as a rule. Particularly when it's paid for by someone else.
Truth be told, I've had more free beer from the crews than I ever bought them. Of course, that was back in the old days. While drinking was not "encouraged" (per se), reasonable amounts of alcohol were not frowned upon. (As long as you didn't drink and drive. Hell, on Okinawa, few of us had cars. In Korea, nobody had a car. No one ever got in trouble riding the bus drunk! Oh, wait... Nope, that's a story for another day.)
So look this stuff over. We shall speak of it again.
And yes, much of this will be on the final.
(WHAT? There's a test? Just kidding, BTM, just kidding...)
|AN/APQ-109A Radar System|
(System is on, you can see the feedhorn nutating. That's radar talk...)
|Same radar system in the shop, we'd use this to check out parts brought in from the jets.|
It was easier to troubleshoot in the shop, not to mention being warmer/dryer/less noisy!
|Front seat left, rear seat right|
|All dressed up and ready to party!|
4 AIM-7s, 4 AIM-9s, 20mm gun on the centerline, two wing tanks.
(It's an RAF Phantom, for those who simply must know.)