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This is the last F-4 Phantom to be regenerated before AMARG starts constuction on the F-16 Fighting Falcon, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Jan. 24, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Josh Slavin/Released)
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AMARG brings the F-4 back to life

Posted 1/25/2013   Updated 1/28/2013 Email story   Print story


by Airman 1st Class Josh Slavin
355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

1/25/2013 - DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. -- The Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group is on track to finish the F-4 Phantom phase of Air Combat Command's full-scale aerial drone program. The regenerated planes will be converted into drones to be used by several bases for target practice.

The regenerated planes will be used at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., for U.S. Army ground-to-air combat practice. While at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., the planes will be used to practice air-to-air combat.

Before the F-4, AMARG worked on the QF-100 Super Sabre and the QF-106 Delta Dart. AMARG started working on the F-4 model in 2001 and have since completed 315 regenerations, while working on six to eight planes at a time.

Each plane takes an average of 9,000 man hours or 277 calendar days to complete, and costs roughly $861,000.
"With the older planes there are always unexpected issues, such as fuel leaks and cracks from sitting in the desert for years," said Rob McNichol, AMARG F-4 supervisor.

The 316th F-4 is should be completed the second week of February. The F-16 Fighting Falcon is the next scheduled model to be regenerated, and modifications are expected to start this June.

2/16/2014 9:04:59 PM ET
Still a great site to see watching the old bird take off. What a great airframe. The power the look the memories....
Don McCarthy, Newport RI
1/13/2014 11:35:29 PM ET
I should say it's sad I flew this aircraft many times. It had my name on it in two locations first at Zweibrucken Germany with the 17th TRS then in Boise ID with the 190th TRS in the Idaho Guard. It's a sad end to a great jet.
Dave Martin, Boise ID
10/21/2013 3:43:10 PM ET
This is do sad. In the days of drones to have an aircraft fight for its last few seconds of life. Even Ray Charles can follow the smoke of an F4even with reduced smoke engines. If you can't shoot it down in a F22 F15 F16. Turn in your wings. All the blood Sweat and tears just to have this happen. I guess it's ego. I shot down a drone it's no fun put missles on the F 4 and let it fight it's last battle. Sorry Maintenance folks never give up their loyalty of their AIRCRAFT.
MSgt Enriquez, FLA
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