Auf Wiedersehen, Phantom


The Luftwaffe’s JG-71 “Richtofen” is one of the most storied fighter squadrons in history.

The most obvious reason being JG-71’s namesake, The Red Baron. Even their former commanding officer was the highest scoring fighter pilot of all time.

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JG-71 formed in 1959 and equipped initially with the Canadair Sabre, the Lockheed F-104 Starfighter and (up until very recently) the McDonnell Douglas F-4F Phantom. They are now flying the Eurofighter Typhoon and have recently been solely equipped with the type.

One of the few squadrons tasked strictly with the air-defense mission, JG-71’s Phantom days go back to 1974 and were one of the Luftwaffe fighter squadrons to fulfill NATO QRA duties over the Baltic and Iceland. On 8 May 2013 those Phantom days came to an end.



JG-71s F-4F in the commemorative paint scheme to celebrate transition to the Typhoon

From 2010 to 2013 JG-71 flew both the Phantom and the Eurofighter Typhoon. This month they’ve said auf wiedersehen to the Phantom.

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It’s been a fun ride indeed…

My other ride is your mom

JG-71 F-4 Phantom patch…with attitude

[Updates]: Photorecon has some photos and a short JG-71 Phantom history.

Also, the “official” site for the Phantom retirement is here (in German). Lot’s of cool geedunk there if you’re so inclined.




3 responses to “Auf Wiedersehen, Phantom

  1. Surfcaster

    On a rare occasion I would watch these Luftwaffe Phantoms flying in the valley below my school bus stop, and with the same rare frequency, over the house. Highlight of every day.

    Auf Wiederhören, auch


  2. virgil xenophon



    • Hey, been meaning to ask you… Navy F-4s tied into the NTDS via Link 4 for air intercept. Did TAC F-4s have a similar capability (much as the ADC F-106s tied into SAGE)?