Exercise Anatolian Eagle 2019. A 111 Filo Phantom with special markings... 1958-2018, 60 years of service. The F-4 started operations that long ago! The Turkish Air Force has operated the type for 47 years.
Exercise Anatolian Eagle 2019. The 5000th built F-4E is in service with the Turkish Air Force. A little marking on the nose commemorates this. Since July 2016, this F-4E belongs to 111 Filo "Panterler" (Panter) based at Eskisehir, but still carries the markings of its former owner 171 Filo "Korsan"(Pirates). 171 Filo was designated as the first Turkish F-35A squadron at Malatya/Erhac, but due to tensions concerning the Russian S-400 air defense system between Turkey and the USA, it is possible the Pirates never will receive the F-35A.
Exercise Anatolian Eagle 2019. The latest F-4 variant is the Turkish Air Force Terminator. A batch of Turkish was modernized by Israel on the pattern of the Kurnass 2000. This most modern 1978 Phantom flies with 111 Filo "Panterler" and it was reported at Konya that these aircraft will continue to fly for another ten years from now!
This was the only shot I took of the static exhibits at ILA 2014. The planes were too close together, fences were too close to the planes, people in the background or sheltering under wings, legs under the fuselage and flightcrews in deckchairs all meant ILA 2014 was hard going and not for me.