Phantom Boys

True Tales from Aircrew of the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Fighter-Bomber

Richard Pike

Date Published :
July 2015
Publisher :
Grub Street Publishing
Illustration :
illustrated throughout
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ISBN : 9781909808225
Pages : 192
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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ISBN : 9781911621881
Pages : 184
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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From Richard Pike, best-selling author of Hunter Boys and The Lightning Boys volumes, comes the newest addition to Grub Street's popular Boys series; Phantom Boys. Originally developed for the US Navy, this twin-engined supersonic long-range fighter-bomber first flew in the spring of 1958. It then entered service for the US Navy in 1961, and in 1969 with the Fleet Air Arm and RAF in the UK.

Regarded as one of the most versatile fighters ever built, the Phantom F-4 was the US Navy's fastest and highest-flying aircraft. It was flown by both US military demonstration teams (Navy Blue Angels and the Air Force Thundercats) from 1969 to 1973. It ended its service in 1991 with the RAF. But it continued to serve a variety of air forces across the world, with some still in service fifty years after its first flight.

Throughout the twenty chapters of this book, thirteen contributors will take readers across the world with adventures in the Falkland Islands, the United States of America, the United Kingdom, the Far East and Germany. There are anecdotes of reconnaissance missions, encounters with the Russian Tupolevs, record-breaking flights and life on HMS Ark Royal. The scope, flair and pace of the writing in this book will appeal to the general reader as well as to the enthusiast.


"...a cracking read being well illustrated with a mix of black and white photos integrated within the text and two inserts of excellent color images, many of them taken the the air by the contributors...would also make a very welcome gift to the many who flew in or serviced the aircraft through those long years of QRA and TACEVAL!

- Britain at War , May 2015

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