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McDonnell-Douglas F-4 Phantom II at George Air Force Base, California: 1964–1992

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McDonnell-Douglas F-4 Phantom II at George Air Force Base, California: 1964–1992

Don Logan

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This concise, illustrated history focuses on the McDonnell-Douglas F-4 Phantom II aircraft and units assigned to George AFB, California, from 1964–92. George’s association with the aircraft began with the arrival of the first F-4s in April 1964, and would last over twenty-eight years. The initial mission was to train F-4 aircrews, and from 1964 through 1973, the majority of these graduates went directly to Southeast Asia in support of the Vietnam War. As the need for newly trained aircrews decreased, the 35th Tactical Fighter Wing, and later the 37th TFW, added an operational commitment flying F-4Es and F-4C Wild Weasels, as well as F-4G Advanced Wild Weasel aircraft. The training of aircrews for Germany’s Air Force was added to the 35th TFW’s mission in December 1972. F-4 operations continued at George under the 35th and 37th wings until inactivation of the 35th Wing in December 1992, and the closing of George AFB at the end of the Cold War.

Size: 9″ x 9″ | 188 color and b/w photos | 112 pp
ISBN13: 9780764354496 | Binding: hard cover


After graduating from California State University-Northridge with a BA degree in history, Don Logan joined the USAF in August 1969. He flew as an F-4E Weapon Systems Officer (WSO) flying 133 combat missions over North Vietnam, South Vietnam, and Laos before being shot down over North Vietnam on July 5, 1972. He spent nine months as a POW in Hanoi, North Vietnam. After his return to the US, he was assigned to Nellis AFB where he flew as a right-seater in the F-111A. He left the USAF at the end of February 1977, and in March of that year, went to work for North American Aircraft Division as a flight manual writer on the B-1A program. Following the cancellation of the B-1A, he went to work for Northrop Aircraft as a fire control and ECM systems maintenance manual writer on the F-5 program. In October 1978, he started his employment at Boeing in Wichita, Kansas, as a Flight Manual/Weapon Delivery manual writer on the B-52 program. He retired from Boeing in February 2002. He continues to photograph and write on military aircraft subjects.