The F-4 Phantom is a lot like the Mosquito: a big fighter with a lot of power, which could carry more bombs than most World War II bombers, and whip any enemy plane, or two. It could put the bombs right down the stack, which a friend of mine did to a ship in Haiphong harbor, from about 500 feet, in a rainstorm.Stunning! The only plane that I prefer to my Uncle's old F-4 Phantom
That construction being a stessed plywood covering (hence the moniker "The Wooden Wonder"), a choice made by the designers de Havilland partly because wood was a "non-strategic" material. I imagine that the crews liked it for its speed and the fact that - as with the Hurricane's fabric-covered fuselage of tubular steel and wooden formers - you could have rounds go through it and bits shot off it and it would still get you home.I always thought the pathfinders that flew them seemed especially brave, considering their construction.
You should be getting quite a bit more of that now that the airshow season's getting underway.One of the benefits of living under base leg, just had two spits do a dirty dive & low pass along the airbus wings runway, gone off in the direction of Anglesey.