One of the most dramatic military jets of the Cold War period was the McDonnell-Douglas F-4 Phantom. In the 1960s, it provided a much needed replacement for the Royal Navy's ageing Sea Vixens. With the cancellation of the P.1154 project, the British government became involved in discussions with McDonnell in St. Louis on their proposal for a version of the F-4 Phantom that would be suitable for the British Navy and the RAF.
The first three Royal Navy Phantoms were finally delivered to Yeovilton on April 29, 1968. 892 Squadron became 'carrier qualifi ed' aboard the American carrier USS Saratoga in the autumn of 1969, with the Saratoga suffering burnt and buckled deck platings from the higher thrust of the British Rolls Royce Spey engines! In the RAF, the Phantom replaced the BAC Lightning. After an introductory overview of the history of the aircraft, three complete and previously unseen Phantom films are included in their entirety: PHANTOM PILOT (1973, 39 mins) Directed by Arnold L. Miller, this film illustrates a pilot's rigorous flight training; starting out on the basic Chipmunk and following him through the subsequent stages of the Jet Provost, Folland Gnat and Hawker Hunter aircraft before, finally, becoming a fully fledged Phantom Pilot.
OVERSIGHT (1976, 25 mins)
This was a training film made for the RAF, based on a true story of how, through misunderstanding and bad practice, RAF ground engineers made a fatal error and lost a Phantom.
LOW FLYING TRAINING (1971, 23 mins)
An exciting 'low-level' look at how navigators were trained to fly 'under the radar' and pin-point their targets, sometimes with near-disastrous results!
SPECIAL FEATURE F-4 PHANTOM USA (2008, 13 mins)
An impressionistic overview of the F-4 in American service, including its famed role as a Vietnam 'war horse'.
Catalogue Number: SN6565
Picture: 1:33:1 / Colour
Time: 111 mins approx
Number of Discs: 1
Sound: Mono / English
Region: 0 / PAL
Our Price: £11.99