WTD 61, the German Armed Force’s dedicated flight test and evaluation unit at Manching Air Base, flew its commemorative F-4F Phantom today. Zaid Meherali caught it at Leeuwarden Air Base in the Netherlands and sent us these pictures.
The F-4F has been painted ahead of the Phantom’s retirement this weekend, an occasion which will be marked at Wittmund Air Base, home to Jagdgeschwader 71 (JG 71) “Richthofen”, the last squadron to operate the F-4F with the Luftwaffe.
Marked with the words, “Don’t let me die, I want to fly!”, F-4F 38+13 will take its place alongside the Phantoms already specially painted for the aircraft’s final weeks in service.
Later this evening GAR will be bringing you a major feature as we travel on-board ‘Quid 22’ with the 100th ARW as it refuels German Phantoms for the last time. Not only that, JG 71 pilot Captain Sebastian M.M. Fiedler gives us a pilot’s view of tanking from the F-4F.
GAR would like to thank Zaid Meherali for these images.