F16cm fighting falcon wild weasel 50th anniversary. Moore was a young lieutenant and then captain stationed at shaw afb, in sumter, south carolina, when the handoff of the wild weasel torch occurred between the f 4gs and block 50 f 16s. All departments men women kids baby drinkware accessories bags buttons flip flops hats neck ties. Beautiful, highly detailed wild weasel ygbsm you gotta be me patch. During the vietnam war the main threat to the strike packages was the v750 s75 dvina, the first. Battle ship, a pilot with the 480th fighter squadron out of spangdahlem air. While an effective airframe, the f100f wild weasel did not have the performance characteristics to. If you would like your name, rank, or callsign added to your shirts, please enter this information in the order comments when checking out paying. I suspect given this pattern that the block 30 jets tos are call f 16ce but havent seen one so i cant confirm. The f 4 phantom ii was a twinengine, allweather, fighterbomber. These aircraft were specifically outfitted with equipment to detect surfacetoair missile sam threats and neutralize them typically with antiradiation missiles.
The aircraft could perform three tactical air roles air superiority, interdiction and close air support as it did in southeast asia. The mission, known as the wild weasels, dates back to vietnam, said capt. Pretty cool 35th fighter wing wild weasel f 16 swirl patch. Intended to be a replacement for the f 84f thunderstreak, the f 105 was created as a supersonic, lowaltitude penetrator capable of delivering a nuclear weapon to a target deep within the soviet union. The society of wild weasels soww is a nonprofit military fraternal organization established to educate, preserve, and perpetuate the wild weasel ww concept the destruction of hostile electronic emitters, such as the guidance radar for surface to air missiles.
Wild weasel f 16s are being given a new paint job similar to the one of the f 35 joint strike fighter. The 35fw is an air combat unit of the usaf and the host unit at misawa air base, japan. Usaf wild weasel squadron hat, f16 viper, f4 phantom. This appears prominently on the logo patch of some squadrons. The 35th fighter wing 35 fw is an f16cj unit of the usaf and the host unit at misawa air base, japan. For size comparison, the weasel patch is four inches tall. Deffner as the war progressed, f4g wild weasel crews gained greater confidence and began to feel they were winning the day. The story of the wild weasel mission of f105f lincoln 03. General dynamics f16 fighting falcon variants wikipedia.
Here is our composite photo walk around of the mcdonnell douglas f4g phantom ii on display at us air force museum. The f4gs were the last of the air forces dedicated wild weasel aircraft. Usaf, usaf wild weasel f 105g, wild weasel f4, f105g. Thinking it might be made in thailand as it came with several other noveltysouvenir patches that all appear thai made. As explained by peter davies in his book f 105 thunderchief units of the vietnam war, a large thunderchief strike package made up of singleseat f 105ds and wild weasel f 105fs for defense suppression was launched against the steelworks by the 355th tfw from takhli rtafb. L red s irish green m irish green l irish green xl irish green 2xl irish green 3xl irish green s navy m navy l navy xl navy 2xl navy 3xl navy s red m red xl red 2xl red 3xl red. F105f thud wild weasels and rolling thunder national. As part of this program two general dynamics yf16 prototypes were built and they competed against northrops yf17 planes.
Wild weasel mission 1 october 1967 wikisource, the free. I know this probably will be contested, but the f 16cj has been the only weasel in the usaf since 1993ish. The f 4e, the most advanced phantom variant with extensive groundattack capabilities and an internal gun became the basis for the f 4g wild weasel v also known as the advanced wild weasel. Developed in the 1960s by general dynamics, it first entered service in 1967 with the united. It is best recognized for its ability to carry the agm88 harm and the anasq2 harm targeting system hts in the suppression of enemy air defenses sead mission. Wild weasels flew missions against surface to air missile sites in f 105fs. F 16cm fighting falcon wild weasel 50th anniversary, 2015 50 years of ygbsm. This is the f 16 wild weasel ygbsm swirl patch for the 35fw. The us air force f 4g advanced wild weasel, was the last phantom version still in the active air force inventory, until it was replaced by the f 16cjdj by seeking out and suppressing or destroying enemy radardirected antiaircraft artillery batteries and surfacetoair missile sites.
The 35th fighter wing 35 fw is an f16cj unit of the usaf and the host unit at misawa air base. Mcdonnell douglas f4g wild weasel photo walk around. Sep 23, 2015 the f 16a, a singleseat model, first flew in december 1976. The twoseat wild weasel iii f 105f thunderchief or thud formed the backbone of usaf sam suppression during operation rolling thunder. Scanned from a 35mm slide and cleaned up in photoshop. The final unit to fly the wild weasel in the combat role was the idaho ang.
The singleseat block 5052 f16c is specifically tasked with this mission. In the postwar years, the f 4g model formed the basis of a new breed of wild weasel through the wild weasel v standard. The 388th fighter wing 388fw is a united states air force unit assigned to the air combat command twelfth air force. The f 4g wild weasels were now based on the improved f 4g airframe, the phantom regarded by many as one of the finest combat aircraft ever to fly. One flight of four wild weasels with the call sign lincoln was part. Mcdonnell douglas f4 wild weasel electronic warfare. Desert storm was the first and last war for the f4g. Usaf patch korat rtafb, 17th wild weasel sqn, thailand vietnam war 4056.
F16 custom patches general dynamics f16 fighting falcon. F16cm fighting falcon wild weasel 50th anniversary, 2015. Bryan splash smith, usaf, chief of mobility and f16cj fighter pilot at. Block 50d52d wild weasel f 16cj cj means block 50 comes in cmodel 1 seat and dmodel 2 seat versions. F 16 fighting falcon flies towards rimini, italy to join with the italian air force in a training mission. After all, ive been building 2 scale planes for 30 years or so. As part of this program two general dynamics yf16 prototypes were built. Sep 26, 2016 not sure what to tell you about the ryans raiders not being wild weasel related. The f 105f, a twoseater, was converted for the role in 1966 and was designated wild weasel iii. Shop for customizable wild weasel clothing on zazzle. The wild weasel ii f 105f was eventually replaced by the wild weasel iii variant. The pioneer wild weasels proved the concept and developed effective tactics, destroying nine sa2 sites and suppressing enemy sams for strike forces. The 35 fw is part of pacific air forces, fifth air force. Sw 923920, 20th fw, 55th fs, shaw afb, sc squadron lithograph.
For those of you able to create or enhance a wild patch along the river chet, the south yare wildlife group is pleased to be able to offer small cash grants to support this work. The wild weasel mission today is performed by specially trained f16cj. Large f105 wild weasel patch air force usaaf is with. Embroidered patch patches for women man f 4 phantom spook. Custom patches for the general dynamics f 16 fighting falcon. The general dynamics f 111 aardvark is an american supersonic, mediumrange interdictor and tactical attack aircraft that also filled the roles of strategic nuclear bomber, aerial reconnaissance, and electronicwarfare aircraft in its various versions. Usaf a10 warthog and ach spectre desert patches cas. But the sam suppression mission proved to be a huge sucess, so much so that the usaf started modifying aircraft to specifically fly the wild weasel mission. Using hunterkiller teams, a wild weasel aircraft would guide a flight of thuds loaded with bombs and rockets to find the sam sites and destroy them. A dedicated wild weasel will have better capabilities and thats expected. A large number of variants of the general dynamics f 16 fighting falcon have been produced by general dynamics, lockheed martin, and various licensed manufacturers. To continue our effort to honor the service of this magnificent aircraft, in this episode we will take a look at the f4s role in wild weasel missions that started in the vietnam war and remains an important part of combat air missions to this day. The f 105 wild weasels continued to develop tactics, flying two types of missions strike support, by far the more common of the two, and hunterkiller search and destroy attacks. Wild weasels are the first in, last out of the target area.
In the previous episode a story about the end of the line for the tremendous phantom f 4s service in the us military was featured. Wild weasel is a code name given by the united states armed forces, specifically the us air force, to an aircraft, of any type, equipped with radar seeking. The wing is part of pacific air forces pacafs fifth air force. Operation desert storm was the only combat appearance of the f 4g, developed from the. These were used on iron hand missions against sam sites in north vietnam. Legacy of the southeast asia wild weasels national museum of. A change in aircraft design theory to stress versatile multirole aircraft meant that the f4g phantom was the last aircraft in the. Its bubble canopy extends to cover the second cockpit. Wild weasel tshirt f 105, f 4, f 16 2 designs to choose from 100% cotton quality tshirt high resolution printing full color printing customization. The first wild weasel success came soon after the first wild weasel mission 20. F4g advanced wild weasel f4 phantom ii military aircraft. The navy fitted standard to its ea6a electronic warfare platforms, while tac upgraded its f 1 05f force into f 1 05g wild weasel configuration. It was the block 50 at start then they added the hts pod giving it better sead capability by allowing the vipers to fire the harm in its most effective way.
Feb 21, 2018 wild weasel was a concept tied to various aircraft serving the united states military in the electronic warfare aircraft ewa role. James augie kuxhaus of the 35th tfw described the role of the back seater. Even so, three of the seven f 100fs were lost two in combat. It prepares to deploy worldwide to conduct airtoair and airtoground. The audio, running 18 minutes, is courtesy of plumalley, who was an electronic warfare officer bear who flew such missions from the 2nd seat of wild weasel aircraft. The wing was first activated in august 1948 at johnson air base, japan when pacaf implemented the wing base organization.
F 16cg block 40 f 16cj block 50 in recent times the usaf has actually been using these terms in public to refer to the jet type, not just the title of the tech manuals. The first aircraft chosen was the f 100f, but its age and limited performance made it a poor choice. The f 16b, a twoseat model, has tandem cockpits that are about the same size as the one in the a model. Above the wingfuselage juncture the raised square patch with a sixinch black circle is the er142 direction finding antenna. I believe these are g models with agm78s on the wing hardpoints. One hundred sixteen f 4es were rebuilt as f 4gs for this special purpose. Air forces from the 510th fighter squadron, aviano air base, italy and italian air forces from the 83rd combat search and rescue squadron, rimini, italy, participated in a 4day training mission from feb. Usaf patch fighter 561 u fs squadron f 4 phantom wild weasel a. Mcdonnell douglas f4g wild weasel photo walk around cybermodeler online. Led by alexander kartveli, the design team produced an aircraft centered on a large engine. Usaf wild weasel ygbsm patch f 100 f 105 f 4 f 16 sam harm ecm ewo radar vietnam. Even with the improved f 105f, the tactics often remained the same as with the f 100. F105g wild weasels f105 wild weasels on the flight line. Design of the f 105 thunderchief began in the early 1950s as an internal project at republic aviation.
The raiders were all weathernight bombing with ef105fs equipped with special air to ground radar capabilities. Original 116th tfw usaf f 100 f 105 thunderchief fighter squadron patch. The wartime 840th bombardment squadron was reactivated and redesignated as the 128th fighter squadron, and was allotted to the georgia air national guard, on 24 may 1946. Dec 21, 2016 in the previous episode a story about the end of the line for the tremendous phantom f4s service in the us military was featured. Aug 24, 2009 the f 4e, the most advanced phantom variant with extensive groundattack capabilities and an internal gun became the basis for the f 4g wild weasel v also known as the advanced wild weasel. Wikidata item this is an audio recording and transcript of an f 105 thunderchief wild weasel combat mission flown over hanoi during the vietnam war. It is called have glass 5th generation as it represen. I am guessing based on the arrowhead design, that this is a patch for an f 105 wild weasel. Air force plane able to reach supersonic speed in level flight, the north american f100 super sabre. The f 16cj was not built as a dedicated wild weasel whereas the f 4g was.
To continue our effort to honor the service of this magnificent aircraft, in this episode we will take a look at the f 4s role in wild weasel missions that started in the vietnam war and remains an important part of combat air missions to this day. Heres why wild weasel missions were among the most dangerous sorties flown in southeast asia. Our f 16 patches are 100% embroidered with velcro backing. However, the f 105 had gone out of production by 1964, and with severe combat attrition of the f 105 inventory the need for a still more sophisticated aircraft resulted in the conversion of 36 f 4c aircraft. Its mission was to attack enemy air defenses, including surfacetoair missile sam air defense radars.
F 105 wild weasels on the flight line at korat rtafb in 1972. Usaf air force phantom ii f 4 patch color veteran owned business. The aircraft f16 fighting falcon was developed as a result of the lightweight fighter program announced in january 1971. According to the official history of the 1991 persian gulf war, f 4g advanced wild weasels from the 35th tactical fighter wing at george air force base, calif.
Wild patch project apply now to get your wild patch funding to support the river chet bline. The wild weasels in southeast asia created an essential and lasting capability for the u. The squadron is the second unit at hill to transition to the f 35 after retiring the f 16 in may 2016. The more powerful f 105f wild weasel iii replaced wild weasel i f 100fs in the summer of 1966 there was no production wild weasel ii. The aircraft f 16 fighting falcon was developed as a result of the lightweight fighter program announced in january 1971. The details of the f 16 variants, along with major modification programs and derivative designs significantly influenced by the f 16, are described below. Desert storm was the first and last war for the f4g advanced. Wild weasel tshirt f105, f4, f16 2 designs to choose from 100% cotton quality tshirt high resolution printing full color printing customization. Wild weasel is a code name given by the united states armed forces, specifically the us air force, to an aircraft, of any type, equipped with antiradiation missiles and tasked with the suppression of enemy air defenses. Us sending 50 bombers fly over south china sea amid tension with china duration. Buy f 4g cockpit set and other aircraft modeling products from aires in 148 scale.
The 35th fighter wing 35 fw is an f 16cj air combat unit of the united states air force and the host unit at misawa air base, japan. F 16 block 50d52d f 16cj wild weasel sources and resources. In addition to be the first of the so called century series fighters and the first u. Air forces f16 wild weasels hunt missile sites, destroy them. In 1994 the 561 fs became the largest fighter squadron in the united states air force and the squadron was also employed as an aggressor squadron during red flag exercises at nellis afb. Usaf f16cj fighter pilot on sead mission, challenges of flying. The f 1 05g had a dedicated aft station for the electronic warfare officer ewo or bear and carried the digital alr46 rhaw system coupled with a litton apr35 receiver system to target standard.
The concept around wild weasels aircraft specialized in suppression of enemy air defenses missions dates back to jul. The antennas for the apr25are found inside the chin fairing under the radome, and in a. The first wild weasel missions were carried out by f105f. Many has claimed that the transfer from dualseat f 4gs to single seat f 16cjs would cause a great problem in fulfilling the role of wild weasel, but modern technology has compensated this to a large extend. The unit is stationed at hill air force base, utah. These initial aircraft were designated wild weasel ii. Mcdonnell douglas f4 wild weasel electronic warfare aircraft. The f 4g wild weasel was a modified f 4e fighter with its cannon replaced by anapr47 electronic warfare equipment. Your wild weasel patches are 4 tall, and 100% embroidered with velcro backing. This was the classic wild weasel combination, replacing the f100fs, which flew.620 1582 1331 878 1276 817 416 881 1402 1050 792 220 1366 611 899 939 34 213 1449 950 561 1227 1022 1023 1409 1411 215 1570 62 418 1186 661 89 1219 234 248 903 1204 352 1336