LAST OF THE TURKISH PHANTOMS

In its lair at Eskisehir is shark-mouthed 111 Filo ‘Panterler’ F-4E-2020 serial 77-0288, with an Elta EL/L-8222 jamming pod on the shoulder station.

Having undergone a major reshuffle in recent years, the Turkish Air Force has dramatically rationalized its F-4 Phantom II fleet as these warriors ultimately face retirement.

ESKISEHIR IS A city synonymous with the very essence of Turkish aviation. Located in the northwestern part of the country, the airfield has a strong link with the godfather of aeronautics in Turkey: Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. Eskisehir Air Base has housed every fast jet type operated by the Türk Hava Kuvvetleri (Turkish Air Force — THK) and still serves as the home of the 1st Air Base Command, the 1st Air Supply Maintenance Center and, most importantly, the Combat Air Force and Air Missile Defense Command — the glue that cements together all the THK combat elements.

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