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By Ed Barthelmes

Inside and outside photo-coverage of the united states military and Marines vaunted Gun Fighter. comprises information of cockpits, touchdown equipment, wheel wells, engine, airframe, and extra! additionally covers RF-8 recon versions

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I had completed all the hurdles and prerequisites and was scheduled to fly my first combat mission. I had been paired with Lt. Dave Carter as my back-seater (or GIB—Guy In Back as they were known in the F-4 business). The 8th Tactical Fighter Wing had a pretty sensible policy to check a new guy out in combat. They paired the neophyte with a backseater who was pretty experienced, and had, on average, sixty to eighty missions under his belt. They had seen enough combat to know what to look for, and they were quite familiar with the procedures that would insure survival.

They wanted to be up in the front seat, where they could run the show. In most cases, they had graduated high in their pilot training class and hoped that they would get a fighter assignment. So, it was a bit of a letdown when they found themselves in the backseat. We had a few pilots who had been GIBs on their first combat tour, and volunteered for a second tour just to become front-seaters. That’s how big an issue it was with them. A few words about how things worked in the F-4 might clarify the situation.

During the daylight hours, they stayed hidden in camouflaged truck parks on the sides of the trail in Laos. We would rendezvous with a Forward Air Controller (FAC) who was in an O-2 aircraft and was familiar with the target area. Strikes in Laos required a FAC because of the Rules of Engagement. A bizarre set of directives if there ever was one. We gathered up all our data, plotted our routes, and received an intelligence briefing about the area and any other developments that we needed to be aware of.

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