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  1. Bob - That's a really nice seat and a great stand. Thanks for posting. I dream that someday I can put together a F-4 front instrument panel like yours. A little afraid to take the plunge mainly knowing that it could become a very expensive project. Do you have any wild guess on what I could expect to spend on a panel like that? Can they be built so the gauges illuminate? Thanks, Mike
  2. That's really bad for a museum not to protect something on loan. I'll bet you were sick when you saw that missing. I hope they can help you replace the motor. My motor came from a friend in Tucson AZ who purchased it from AMARC in the early 90's. It was unpainted and had a few tubes dented from a hard landing. I did the body work to fix the tubes and then painted it with PPG automotive urethane products. The decals are copies of ones done by another enthusiast. The shipping box came from the same friend. While visiting the egress shop at Davis-Monthan he spotted a couple of the boxes in the dumpster and was allowed to retrieve them. It makes a cool display for the motor. Here are a couple of photos of the motor when I received it.
  3. Hi - Thanks - The tail number is 66-7635 and this was the FWD seat in this F-4D. On the web I found this info, "The designation EF-4D was given to four F-4D's modified for the Wild Weasel IV/V SAM suppression role. 66-7635 and 66-7647 served as test beds for the AN/APS-38 warning and attack system developed by McDonnell Douglas and later adopted for the F-4G. F-4D-30-MC s/n 66-7635 Upgraded to EF-4D 1975: Bailed to General Dynamics for use as a chase plane USAF 35th TFW 1979: USAF 430th TFS (474th TFW) 1980: USAF 308th TFS ( 31st TFW) Minnesota ANG 179th TFS 4/1990: Put into storage at AMARC bone yard 6/1999: Salvaged I purchased the seat about 7 years ago from a TSgt who worked at Eglin AFB. He said it sat in his dad's bar for a few years. Over the years I added some missing parts the biggest being the cat tube and now the rocket motor. I would like to find the two little brackets that the leg restraint cords attach to. These would have been bolted to the aircraft floor. The top latch plunger and spring were missing but I found one and it is on the way to me. I have the brass top latch hand wheel tool so now I will be able to attach it correctly. Three months ago our last manned QF-4 here at Tyndall AFB was flown to Holloman AFB. The last 2 unmanned QF-4's were flown out over the gulf and one was intercepted by a jet from Homestead and shot down and another jet from Eglin did the same for the other drone.
  4. I added the lock wire to the rocket motor today. I have to wait until it is under the seat to wire the leg guards. The left and right leg restraint cords must be slipped down between tubes 1 & 2 and tubes 9 & 10 first,
  5. After a long search I was able to obtain a MK 92 under seat rocket motor for my Martin baker MK H7 Ejection seat. This seat flew in the F-4 Phantom. After I put the lock wires on the motor I will install it on the seat. The motor weighs just about 21 lbs. The tubes are empty so it is inert. Originally it contained 6.5 lbs of solid rocket fuel which made it weigh 27 lbs before it was shot out of a jet during an ejection.
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