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Lt. Col. Ronald King, 82 Aerial Target Squadron Det 1, waves goodbye before taking off during the QF-4 Phinal Phlight event Dec. 21, 2016 at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. Hundreds of people were in attendance to commemorate the aircraft’s retirement, marking the end of the aircraft’s 53 years of service to the Air Force. (Master Sgt. Matthew McGovern) Final flight farewells Phantom
Lt. Col. Ronald King, her pilot, grinned and eased her forward on the way into history. Today was 21 December. This was the final flight of the QF-4 Phantom – the final flight of AF 349 – and after 53 dedicated years of superior service, the final flight of the Phantom II would be done right.
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2016
Retired Col. David takes a photo of his daughter, Cadet 2nd Class Kaitlyn, standing next to an F-4 Phantom on July 12, 2016 at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. David came to surprise his daughter, a junior at the Air Force Academy, after her first flight in a fighter jet with the 96th Test Group Detachment 1. (Last names are being withheld due to operational requirements. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Randahl J. Jenson) A family tradition
For Cadet 2nd Class Kaitlyn, it was her inaugural flight, for retired Col. David, it was another chance to pass on a tradition to his daughter, and for Detachment 1 with the 82nd Aerial Target Squadron at Holloman, it was the first time they witnessed a father surprise his second-generation fighter pilot daughter.
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2016
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