Phantom mania at
On arrival at Wittmund at 08:00 in the morning the first Phantoms where
already taking off. At 08:15 8 Phantoms where in the air an the spotters
had not even started. After watching the Phantoms return we went to the
barracks of JG-71 for the spotters day.
On the airbase there was a static prepared including the preserved
aircraft from the tradition room and the four special paint Phantoms
consisting off: 38+49 F-4F JG 71 special c.s. 50 years F-4, 37+16 F-4F
WTD 61 special c.s. 50 years WTD61, 38+37 F-4F JG 71 special c.s. fly
out of F-4F JG 74 and in front of the Squadron building was preserved
37+11 F-4F JG 72 special c.s. fly out of F-4F JG 72
After taking pictures of the aircraft on the static and visiting the
squadron building of JG-71 we realised that fore taking pictures on the
runway we where at the wrong spot.
Although the spotters day was well organised we opted to go outside the
base to do some active spotting as more Phantoms where to depart around
twelve and some A-4 ‘s.
From the outside the options are still
good at the moment, they are going to change as a new fence is being
placed further from the runway.
Standing along the runway the first a-4’s returned from the morning
mission and some more went out for a other mission. As advertised the
Phantoms stated to role at twelve giving some nice shots in the take of
and landing. Activity continued during the rest of the afternoon with
more than our share of F-4’s and A-4’s and even a RC-12K in the
overshoot. At the and of the day the Phantom off WDT-61 went home giving
everybody a good change for a picture.
At the end of the day we had seen more the 20 active Phantoms, just a
great day out.