Rhino. Double Ugly. The Phantom.
It’s the aircraft proving an old adage: “Even a brick will fly if you put a powerful enough engine on it!” During the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s the U.S. Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps were ALL flying different variants of this iconic McDonnell Douglas design. There’s just something magical about two J-79s in full afterburner.
In this photograph, “Shamu” Markle pulls this McDonnell Douglas QF-4E Phantom II into the vertical, a tribute pass to Brigadier General Robin Olds during Aviation Nation 2007 at Nellis AFB, Nevada.
Phantom Phixers and Phlyers Phorever!

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