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A right side view of an A-4 Skyhawk aircraft, from Fleet Composite Squadron 1 (VC-1), as it refuels an F-4J Phantom II aircraft from Marine Corps Fighter Squadron 235 (VMFA-235)

An air-to-air right side view of an F-4J Phantom II aircraft from Fighter Squadron 161 (VF-161) escorting a Soviet I1-38 May reconnaissance and anti-submarine aircraft. The Phantom is assigned aboard the aircraft carrier USS MIDWAY (CV-41)

A starboard bow view of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) as an F-4J Phantom II aircraft is launched during flight operations

A right front view of an F-4J Phantom II aircraft from Fighter Squadron 33 (VF-33) being prepared for launching from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62). The aircraft is assigned to Carrier Air Wing 7 (CVW-7)

A right front view of an F-4J Phantom II aircraft from Fighter Squadron 102 (VF-102) landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62). The aircraft is assigned to Carrier Air Wing 7 (CVW-7)

A right front view of an F-4J Phantom II aircraft from Fighter Squadron 33 (VF-33) just prior to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62). The aircraft is assigned to Carrier Air Wing 7 (CVW-7)

A front view of an F-4J Phantom II aircraft from Fighter Squadron 102 (VF-102) just prior to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62). The aircraft is assigned to Carrier Air Wing 7 (CVW-7)

A right front view of an F-4J Phantom II aircraft from Fighter Squadron 31 (VF-31) assigned to Carrier Air Wing 3 (CVW-3) landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS SARATOGA (CV-60) underway off the coast of Florida

A right side view of an F-4J Phantom II aircraft from Fighter Squadron 103 (VF-103) assigned to Carrier Air Wing 3 (CVW-3) landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS SARATOGA (CV-60) underway off the coast of Florida

A view of the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS MIDWAY (CV 41) as crewmen work to recover a damaged F-4J Phantom II aircraft hanging off the side of the ship. The damage resulted from a collision between the MIDWAY and the Panamanian freighter CACTUS

A view of the damaged tail section of an F-4J Phantom II aircraft on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS MIDWAY (CV 41). The damage resulted from a collision between the MIDWAY and the Panamanian freighter CACTUS

A view of the damaged tail section of an F-4J Phantom II aircraft on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS MIDWAY (CV 41). The damage resulted from a collision between the MIDWAY and the Panamanian freighter CACTUS

A view of the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS MIDWAY (CV 41) as crewmen work to recover a damaged F-4J Phantom II aircraft that was hanging off the side of the ship. The damage resulted from a collision between the MIDWAY and the Panamanian freighter CACTUS

A view of the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS MIDWAY (CV 41) as crewmen work to recover a damaged F-4J Phantom II aircraft hanging off the side of the ship. The damage resulted from a collision between the MIDWAY and the Panamanian freighter CACTUS

A view of the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS MIDWAY (CV 41) as crewmen work to recover a damaged F-4J Phantom II aircraft hanging off the side of the ship. The damage resulted from a collision between the MIDWAY and the Panamanian freighter CACTUS

An air-to-air left side view of an F-4J Phantom II aircraft equipped with an AQM-37A target drone

An air-to-air right side view of an F-15 Eagle (middle), a Japanese Air SelF Defense Force F-104J Starfighter (bottom), and an F-4J Phantom II aircraft (top), during Exercise Cope North '81-3

An air-to-air right side view of an F-15 Eagle (middle), a Japanese Air SelF Defense Force F-104J Starfighter (bottom), and an F-4J Phantom II aircraft (top), during Exercise Cope North '81-3

A view of the runway and hangars at Pacific Missile Test Center. Several aircraft are parked on the runway including an F/A-18 Hornet, F-14 Tomcat, P-3 Orion, F-4J Phantom II and a CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter

A left rear view of an F-4J Phantom II aircraft as it is catapulted from the deck of the aircraft carrier USS CORAL SEA (CV-43)

Right side view of a Marine F-4J Phantom II aircraft sitting on the flight line. The F-4J is a part of Marine Fighter/Attack Squadron 235

A Fighter Squadron 101 (VF-101) F-4J Phantom II aircraft taxis on the flight deck of the attack aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CVA 66)

A pilot sits in the cockpit of a Naval Air Test Center F-4J Phantom II aircraft parked on an elevator aboard the attack aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CVA-66)

A Fighter Squadron 74 (VF-74) F-4J Phantom II aircraft lands aboard the attack aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CVA-66)

A plane director stands by as other flight deck crewmen prepare a Fighter Squadron 74 (VF-74) F-4J Phantom II aircraft for launch from the attack aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CVA-66). A Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 2 (HC-2) SH-3 Sea King helicopter is taking off in the background

A Fighter Squadron 74 (VF-74) F-4J Phantom II aircraft is prepared for launch during flight operations aboard the attack aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CVA 66)

A Fighter Squadron 33 (VF-33) F-4J Phantom II aircraft lands aboard the attack aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CVA 66)

A Fighter Squadron 33 (VF-33) F-4J Phantom II aircraft is launched during flight operations aboard the attack aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CVA 66)

An air-to-air right side view of a Fighter Squadron 92 (VF-92) F-4J Phantom II aircraft. The aircraft is armed with an AIM-9 Sidewinder missile