USN/USMC Reserve F-4B/N
The Cowboys were introduced to the
F-4N in 1976, when they transitioned from the F-8H and continued to
operate that aircraft type until 1987,
when they transitioned to the F-4S. VMFA-112 was based at NAS
Dallas, along with VF-201 and VF-202. 150466 and 15039 are shown
in the more colorful marking used until the mid
1980s. The last photo shows 150466 in her final toned down
scheme as seen at Ellington AFB in 1984. It seems somehow
appropiate that the weather matched the gray scheme.
VMFA-321 Hell's Angels
Andrews AFB based VMFA-321 transitioned into the F-4B in 1973.
They made the change to the F-4N in 1976 and kept that aircraft
151413 at El Paso in the summer of 1979.
151439 at AMARC in 1987.
152263, 152270 and 153036 all at El Paso during the early 1980s.
NAS Dallas based VF-201 gained the F-4N in 1976 when they transitioned
out of the F-8H Crusader .
In 1984 they traded the F-4N for the F-4S.
in the earlier F-4N scheme during 1978.
151465 in a newer scheme at an open house at NAS Dallas in May, 1981.
VF-202 operated the F-4N
during the same time frame as their NAS Dallas based sister squadron.
153056 and 151469, both photographed at El Paso during the early
1980s. 152212 at Navy Dallas in 1981.
VF-301 Devil's Disciples
VF-301 changed from Crusaders to
Phantoms when the started
flying the F-4B in 1974. They only kept the F-4B until 1975 when
the traded it for the F-4N. The Devil's
Disciples tenure with the F-4N was fairly short also,
transitioning to the F-4S in 1980. Along with
VF-302, the unit was based at NAS Mirimar.
151456, 150464, 150482 and 151461, all at El Paso in 1979.
VF-302 exchanged their F-8Ks for F-4Bs in
1973. In late 1975 they replaced the "B" with the "N" and
operated the F-4N until 1981 when they were replaced with the
153039, 152229 and 151475.
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