What's the fucking point on using F-4 phantoms as objetives?
Couldnt they just use old trucks and sell the F-4 to a gallery for some million dollars?
There were thousands of F-4s made. They are not special, and there are a ton of them on display. There are export rules in place by the developer, aka, the USA, that says the plane is either destroyed, or returned to the US, where it will be destroyed. Once a plane is harvested for parts its a shell. A shell that likely has metal fatigue and structural damage. So you shoot it or blow it the fuck up.
It desensitizes pilots, drivers, and infantry who would otherwise hesitate at killing a beautiful machine as gifted to the humanity by the omnessiah. It is a necessary cruelty should we ever face one of our own in heretical combat.
I wonder if you can get a shot up shell. Legally it's no longer a plane as its demilled and is basically scrap metal. Hell I would just love on in my back yard as a lawn implement.
I know a few military vehicle collectors who got pattons and bulldogs shot the fuck up from target ranges.
>actually thinking of military equipment as some sort of irreplaceable artifact rather than the cheap, mass-produced garbage it really is
Actually that's how a bunch of museums get their planes.
At the MAPS museum in Ohio, they've got an old F-105B that was used for training repair crews, so they're in the process of patching it up and repainting it.
And at the Martin Museum in Maryland, they got two B-57As from the Army. One wasn't in bad shape, but the other was used as target, so it's just sitting around until they can find someone willing to trade it for something they don't have.
Yeah it seems to be pretty common actually. Problem is that it tends to fuck over the museum in the long run. The Air Force doesn't like it when people get "their" planes from anyone but them, and most planes you see at smaller museums come from Army bases that were either using them as targets or decided to just throw them in a field one day and let them rot.
When you're viewing practice targets from a targeting pod at altitude it is nice to see a realistic target. Plus those phantoms or whatever they have parked in the desert are all used up. The other day I put a Mk-76 right through one.
In Spain we put F4 on roundabouts