Made in 1972 by the U.S. Navy to train crash crews and air crews, this film shows emergency rescue procedures for the F-4J Phantom aircraft. The planes used are from Air Wing Five, a United States Navy aircraft carrier air wing based at Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan, but the film was produced at Pt. Mugu in California. At :44 a crash scene is shown at an airport, with heavy foam being sprayed by a fire engine. Firefighters wearing asbestos safety suits quickly disengage the pilot from his safety harness and remove him from the airplane. At 1:50, crash crew visit with an aviator to discuss the rescue features of the F-4. This conversation takes place despite at 2:00, the presence of a beautiful young woman who drives up in a Sunbeam sports car to meet the pilot. At 3:00, the film describes the fuel load of the airplane and describes the hazard areas such as jet intake, hot brakes, etc. At 4:50, the F-4's boundary layer system is shown with its bleed air ducts, which can be extremely hot. At 5:18, downlocks for the landing gear are shown being put into position, and at 5:26 the LOX tank location is shown. At 5:42, smoke abatement tanks are shown. At 6:00 various armaments are shown including sidewinder missiles and pylon based ordnance. At 6:29, a gatling gun is shown on both the USAF and Navy models (the Navy version is carried in a pod). At 7:00, the approach to the aircraft is discussed. At 7:14, the process to shut off the engine is shown. At 7:30, a crash crew moves in to a crash scene with fire engines spraying water and foam. Foam can be injected into the engines to shut them off in an emergency. At 9:00, canopy release procedures are shown. At 10:00, canopy interlock is shown -- part of the ejection system. Inadvertent shearing off of the canopy (10:26) can cause the ejection system to fire. A safety pin can be put into place to prevent ejection. At 11:02 the face curtain ejection handle is seen, as well as the secondary ejection handle. At 11:20, smashing into the canopy is demonstrated using a power saw. At 12:00, canopy jettison handle is shown on the side of the aircraft. At 12:41, the steps to prevent suffocation of an unconscious pilot are shown. At 13:19, the oxygen line is disconnected. At 13:50, engine shut-off of the Navy F-4 is shown. Master switches are seen at 14:13. At 16:11, the procedure to remove an unconscious pilot from the aircraft is shown. At 17:10, recovery in the case of an upside-down aircraft is shown. The film ends with a recap of the procedures. By now the girlfriend is honking the horn at 19:00, and she leaves the pilot in the parking lot as punishment for making her wait.
The F-4J had improved air-to-air and ground-attack capability; deliveries begun in 1966 and ended in 1972 with 522 built. It was equipped with J79-GE-10 engines with 17,844 lbf (79.374 kN) thrust, the Westinghouse AN/AWG-10 Fire Control System (making the F-4J the first fighter in the world with operational look-down/shoot-down capability), a new integrated missile control system and the AN/AJB-7 bombing system for expanded ground attack capability.
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