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Jan, when I was in the USAF/TxANG, I got so use to being around the aircraft, I really didn't think of taking photos. Rode in the back seat of F-4's 4 times and never took a camera. I was so busy playing with the radar and stuff. I even got to fly in a two ship where we were the lead and the wingman was no more than 20 feet away. If I had a camera then it would have stayed in my lap, I was stoked by how close the wingman was as we went through the clouds for our approach into Sheppard AFB, TX. But now, yeah, I wish I had taken a camera, but the reality was too riveting at the time. It was crazy fun!
Even on base we were no more than a 100 yards from the runway, and when my jet was a lead, I had to do End Of Runway (EOR) Check. So we were right there. This photo was take about 50 yards behind where I usually stood on the flight line. My jet was on the front row next to the taxi way.
Come to think of it, I was deployed with two other guys to maintain 3 F-4's remotely in Victoria, TX. I took a friends son with me one day and gave him the video camera. Somewhere there is a JVC tape as he was at the approach end of the runway with me after EOR and he was going to video the take off. As soon as the burners lit I caught him falling to the ground and the camera hitting the concrete. The burners scared the daylights out of him. In the video you see the first burner light, then it looks like everything explodes because the camera lens goes up and then down to the concrete, then it is laying on its side. Funny!