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[Fictional] McDonnell Douglas F-4EZ Phantom Version 1

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McDonnell Douglas F-4EZ Phantom for STRIKE FIGHTERS 2

 

This is a very simple mod of the stock Third Wire F-4E_78 to create a fictional South African Air Force Phantom in service with No.2 Squadron in the following schemes and timeframes;

 

1. 1979-1981 A 'Mirage F.1CZ' style scheme with tricolour fin and 'Springbok' national markings.

 

2. 1982-2002 As above but with the later style of national markings.

 

3. 2003-2012 Final Grey scheme with toned-down national markings.

 

It goes without saying that you must have the F-4E_78 LOD's in your install and you'll also need the Mirage 3CZ DLC for the V3B Kukri and serial number decals although there are some easy workarounds if you don't.

 

The idea for this 'what if' came from Stratos who created the 'Mirage F.1CZ' style skin whilst I did the tank skins, decals and packaging so it's an Anglo-Spanish joint venture and we hope that you enjoy it!

 

 

BACKSTORY

 

During the mid-1970's the South African Government made tentative enquiries regarding purchasing the McDonnell Douglas Phantom for the South African Air Force (SAAF) with no success but in February 1977 the incoming Democrat President of the United States, Jimmy Carter, and the South African State President Nicolaas Diederichs agreed to the purchase of 30 F-4EZ's for delivery in 1979 and these were among the very last St. Louis-built Phantoms produced.

 

Entering service with No.2 Squadron 'The Flying Cheetahs' of the SAAF the F-4EZ's initially operated from Hoedspruit AFB before moving to Louis Trichardt AFB in early 1993. With SAAF Impalas, Buccaneers and Mirage F.1CZ's operating in the ground-attack role the Phantoms saw limited action in the Border War but at least four Angolan MiG-21's and two Mi-17 helicopters were shot down by No.2 Squadron. The surviving F-4EZ's were finally retired in 2012 when they replaced by Eurofighter Typhoons.

 

 

INSTRUCTIONS

 

1. From the AIRCRAFT folder drag and drop the F-4EZ folder into your Aircraft folder.

 

2. From the DECALS folder drag and drop the F-4EZ folder into your main Decals folder.

 

3. From the WEAPONS folder drag and drop the V3B4 folder into your main Weapons folder.

 

This folder simply allows the V3B Kukri to load by default and without having to select it.

 

 

CREDITS

 

Thanks to TK and Third Wire for the continuous improvement of a great little game/sim.

 

Muchas gracias to Stratos for the superb SAAF 'Mirage F.1CZ' style skin created with a little bit of help from Ludo on SAAF colours and Sundowner's legendary F-4E templates - thanks guys!

 

And thanks to everyone in the wider Third Wire community.

 

Regards

 

Spinners

 

Version 1 - 02/09/12




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