This year the Japan Air Self-Defense Force will be retiring the last of its F-4 Phantom aircraft. It's one of the last Air Forces to operate the veteran type, which was a mainstay of the Vietnam War in the 1960's. It's always had a reputation as a demanding aircraft to fly, but one that repays piloting skill with superb performance.
A Japanese videographer has produced a couple of fascinating videos of the JASDF's Phantoms over the past year or so. We've seen them in these pages. Here's his latest offering, filmed in slow motion at very high resolution.
It's amazing to think that the F-4 first flew in the year that I was born, yet some upgraded examples are still in front-line service. That's more than I can say for myself!