Phantom Memories

Phantom Memories

by Gary Younglove
     
 
The United States Air Force air demonstration squadron, better known as "The Thunderbirds", flew the McDonnell Douglas F-4E Phantom II aircraft from 1969 through 1973. This venerable aircraft was arguably the best fighter aircraft of its time and was the principal air weapons system used in the Vietnam War.

The Thunderbirds used eleven of these awesome

Overview

The United States Air Force air demonstration squadron, better known as "The Thunderbirds", flew the McDonnell Douglas F-4E Phantom II aircraft from 1969 through 1973. This venerable aircraft was arguably the best fighter aircraft of its time and was the principal air weapons system used in the Vietnam War.

The Thunderbirds used eleven of these awesome machines during their time on the team. Two of them were lost to crashes, but nine of them remain for posterity. All but two of the remaining nine are on display coast to coast throughout the country. The other two were stored in the desert near Tucson, Arizona, awaiting their chance for a return to some sort of glory.
This book chronicles an exciting motorcycle trip by the author, a past Thunderbird during the F-4E era, to visit all of the nine phantoms that were once assigned to the Thunderbirds. The author was fortunate to have flown in these aircraft during the period 1970 - 1972. His coast-to-coast journey covered nearly 8,000 miles on two wheels across this great land and provided an endless array of wonder and a bottomless well of memories. Filled with scores of color images of the journey, it details the vistas, events and thoughts that constantly bombard the author’s senses along the way.

The scope of the trip and the grandeur of the nation he served and loves is epic in nature and profound in substance. Join him on his quest to visit old friends from the past.

Editorial Reviews

Steve Lita
A few months ago we featured a story by Gary Younglove called Finding Wings. If you enjoyed the five page story, where we could only scratch the surface you'll have ro read the nearly 300 page book. Gary is part poet, part historian, part motorcyclist, and part adventurer. He takes you along as he finds the 9 remaining aircraft of the 11 that were used by the Thunderbirds during the F4E era. The book is an easy read and the trip was documented in local news coverage. His tale is worth telling.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013143203
Publisher:
Piper Plus Publications
Publication date:
07/27/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

The author is a past Thunderbird and a motorcyclist who has traveled more than 120,000 miles since his first ride at 63 years old. He has a deep respect for America and lives every day as though it is his last. Finding the remaining aircraft he knew 35 years ago was a treat and an honor. From short order cook to Air Force Colonel to USAA Insurance Executive he has always held patriotism as a most valuable asset. He breathes love of country and commitment to freedom.

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