Air Pictorial 1991-11
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A.Pearcey - Changing face of peace
The 81st TFWg lion insignia is evident on the side of the engine intake on this McDonnell F-4C-25-MC 64-911 'WT' from the 92nd TFSq. The type served the wing from 1965.
The powerful McDonnell F-4C served with the 81st Tactical Fighter Wing from 1965. Photo depicts F-4C-17-MC 63-7446, F-4C-16-MC 63-7426 and F-4C-18-MC 63-7524 in flight.
Seen in the static park at RAF Leconfield on September 20, 1952, for the Battle of Britain display is North American F-86A-7-NA 49-1209 from the 92nd Fighter Interceptor Squadron. It was named "El Terror" and its pilot was Major Jack B Owen.
This McDonnell F-101C-20-MC Voodoo 54-1491 was the personal aircraft of the Commander 81st TFWg and is seen at Bentwaters during 1960. It carries the insignia of the wing and all three squadrons - 78th, 91st and 92nd.
The Republic F-84F Thunderstreak followed the F-86 Sabre with the 81st in 1954. Depicted is F-84F-35-RE 52-6480 seen at Eglin AFB, Florida, prior to being allocated to a USAF unit.