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A single USAFE F-4 wing in Spain, the 401st TFW at Torrejon AB, initially converted to the F-4E, but then reverted to F-4Cs from the 81st TFW, with F-4Ds following in 1978. VIETNAM, NOVEMBER 1967 On November 6, 1967, Capt Darrell D. Simmons and 1Lt George H. McKinney Jr were flying F-4D-30-MC 66-7601 from the 435th TFS, 8th TFW as part of a MiGCAP for an F-105 Thunderchief strike. They had just shot down a MiG-17 that was threatening the F-105s and five minutes later they dived to pursue and shoot down a second MiG, also with their SUU23/A 20mm gun-pod.
Seventy-two had ITT AN/ARN-92 LORAN-D equipment installed, and most of these were also supplied to the 8th TFW at Ubon. LORAN-D, identifiable by a large “towel rack” on the aircraft’s back from mid-1969, could be linked to the aircraft’s ASN-63 inertial navigation system and bombing computer to calculate the F-4D’s position with sufficient accuracy for precision night-time bombing, or for more accurate navigation where the LORAN beacon system was available. Twenty-two F-4Ds received an important addition from late 1968 in the form of AN/APX-80 Combat Tree.
Author’s collection) ' Ramstein AB), all poised to hold back an Eastern Bloc invasion with nuclear or conventional ordnance or to intercept intruders. Even the advanced F-4E had difficulties with the latter, as Major Jim Chamberlain, flying F-4Es with the 496th TFS, 50th TFW in 1970, recalled: One of the most likely avenues of attack was low level, and in that area we were severely limited. The APQ-120 radar of the F-4E was far better than the APQ-109 of the F-4D but still not very good close to the ground.