The White Falcon


The White Falcon - 24.03.1978, Blaðsíða 1

The White Falcon - 24.03.1978, Blaðsíða 1
57th FIS gets new plane The Air Force 57th Fighter Intercept Squadron received two new F4E "Phantom" aircraft Tuesday in the first step to replace the F4C aircraft currently in use by the squadron. The squadron ex- pects to have all 13 of its F4C aircraft replaced by the updated model with the next five or six months. At first glance the new F4E model 'Phantom' shows very little change from the F4C. According to Major Douglas H. Jenkins, 57th Assistant Operations Of- ficer, the changes visible on the out- side of the plane consist of a larger nose area used to accommodate an in- ternal gun. On the old 'Phantoms' the gun was mounted out ide which created undesirable drag. One other change is the maneuvering slats on the wing. These slats auto- matically change tne shape of the wing as conditions of flight change. This makes the aircraft much safer and more maneuverable in flight. Some of the improvements inside the aircraft include a solid state two-way radio as well as a solid state tactical air and navigational system. The air- born radar is also greatly improved and along those same lines the plane has a five nautical mile scope which allows Photo by PHAN Kirk Faskins the pilot to be much more accurate with interceptions with P.ussian aircraft. The new F4E is slightly heavier than the F4C, but this is offset by a larger engine which creates 900 additional pounds of thrust capable of carrying the plane at approximately twice the speed of sound. The aircraft has a range of approxi- mately 1,000 miles and is capable of being refueled in-flight by the DC-135. Major Jenkins stated that although the new aircraft appear to be very similar, it will definately change the way that the 57th performs its mission in Iceland. WhitePtFakon Volume 34 Number 12 Kaflavik, Iceland March 24, 1978 C-121 destroyed by fire; cause under investigation Sixteen crew members and one passenger escaped a firery death as their EC-121 aircraft caught fire while taxiing to the runway for takeoff. The EC-121 "Constellation" was a radar aircraft and is considered to be a total loss. The plane was preparing to take off on a routine mission when the accident occured. The Fire/Crash department received the crash call at 8:47 a.m., March 15, and the fire was under control by 9:10 a.m. The crew and passenger escaped without injury. Two of the firemen received minor injuries while fighting the fire and were taken to the Naval Station Dispensary and later released. Other firemen were treated on the scene by corpsmen for smoke related injuries. The cause of the accident has not been determined and is under investiga- tion, according to local sources. The EC-121 aircratt at the NATO base are scheduled to be phased out and replaced by the E-3A Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft later this year. FIREFIGHTERS~had the EC-121 blaze un- der control 20 min-^ utes after they re-"" ceived the call last week. ACCORDING—to LCdr. Howard Matson, IDF Public Affairs Of- ficer, the aircraft was considered a total loss. The cause of the fire is 'inder investigation. Photo by PHC David Brookins Photo by PHAN Michael Blake Spring sprang Tuesday Blue skies dance in the atmosphere of Iceland as spring makes its debut this year. The overwhelming spirit of the season provokes a variety of activities and an air of excitement on the NATO base. If you are the individual who neglect- ed to keep the body in tone this winter, spring is the perfect time to get back in shape. Outdoor sports, such as jog- ging, Softball and tennis offer a healthy, challenging and fun pasttime. The adventurous will enjoy the numerous camping and backpacking oppor- tunities. Confirmed tourists can indulge themselves in local tours to Gullfoss, Reykjavik, Hvitarbakki and Akureyri. The fishing season opens April 1, for all avid fishermen. Spring in Iceland can be a breath- taking and unforgetable experience. All persons should take advantage of the op- portunities available and make Spring 1978 a memorable occasion. IN LIKE A LION—Spring came in at 11:40 p.m. Monday, but, on Tuesday, it was more like a lamb as fair skies and warm weather lured children of all ages out- side for some fun in the sun. (photo by PH3 Tom Wall

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