posted on May, 2 2013 @ 06:01 PM
The last F-4 Phantom produced has been converted to a "Q" series aircraft, and is set to be shot down sometime within the next year or so during
RF-4C 68-0599 has been at AMARG since 1989. It was converted by AMARG, and went through testing April 17th. It's the 316th QRF-4C, and bears the
name "Last One" now. The Air Force began transitioning to QF-16s earlier this year, using the initial Block 5/10 F-16s that were retired to the
The QF series aircraft can be flown either manned, during training exercises, or even Heritage Flights, or unmanned. The advantage to them is that
they can carry multiple forms of countermeasures, and react just like a manned aircraft would. They carry a self destruct charge, when flown
unmanned, in case they go out of control.
The last of the produced F-4 Phantom jets has been converted into a flying dummy target-drone for missile training.
The plane was a part of 309th AMARG (Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group) based in Tuscon, Arizona and went through tests on Apr. 17.
The RF-4C, production no. 68-0599 is not a machine that is young or freshly retired, as it has been a part of the AMARG inventory since Jan. 18,
Just after being prepared for flying in a form of a target drone it was given a name Last One.