Photos – Spangdahlem Air Base (AB), Germany – 1983-1987 (Set One – 23rd TFS, 480th TFS)


6 thoughts on “Photos – Spangdahlem Air Base (AB), Germany – 1983-1987 (Set One – 23rd TFS, 480th TFS)

  1. Mark,
    I was a weapons troop (462X0) with the 52nd AGS at Spangdahlem 81-83…Our paths may have crossed (Remember Keith “C+11”, “Cowboy” Bill Mott or Bill Ramsey?). As a young A1C I got an incentive ride in one of MY F-4E’s while TDY to Zaragoza Spain. To this day I still wear a 23rd Fighting Hawks patch on my biker leathers. Good to see you “represent”!

    • Daryl,

      Thanks for your comment – yes I remember the names you mentioned. I’m glad that you received an incentive flight in one of YOUR F-4E’s…flying the Phantom was a beautiful thing.

      Spang and Zaragoza – or “ZAB” – were major parts of many of our lives over the years, filled with lots of TDY memories and “bag drags” to Spain and back. I hope I’ve provided through these pictures, a look back into a time and place when we were “Fighting Hawks” or “Warhawks” doing the work of freedom for our country and for the world.



  2. Hi Mark

    Great blog! I have fond memories of the SPANG Phantoms! I made it to a airshow and see the G up close. Currently I am building a F-4E but am in need for details can you help me out? Has to be a 23rd TFS BIRD.


  3. Eric,

    I was only in the 23rd TFS flying the F-4E for a few months at the end of 1983 and the few aircraft photos I took aren’t clear enough to detail a model from. The best advice I can give you is to search Google Images to find exactly what you need. I suggest to search using every key word you can think of to view the most possible matches: 23rd TFS, 23 TFS, F-4E, Fighting Hawks, Phantom II, Photo, Litho, Lithograph, etc. Here’s a link to the best picture I found, which has a paint scheme similar to my time in the squadron. I know the photos are out there, you just have to find them! Good luck!



  4. Hi Mark!

    Thanks for reply that fast! I did run a search on the 23rd and from what I found out the 23rd never carried their tailmarkings in white. By the time they got the new E model it was standard to black.

    I remembered also someone who you may have served with in the 512th at Ramstein. He was former 527th TFTAS pilot. by the name of Murphy. Know him?

  5. Eric,

    The 23rd fin flash was always blue, and yes we did have a time in the early to mid 80’s when the squadron color was highlighted between white ~ look for examples in the 81st (yellow) and 480th (red) as well. We went through a number of color schemes in the 80’s, so there’s a lot of variety to choose from for your modeling. The name of Murphy doesn’t stand out to me ~ there were lots of pilots in those days!

    Happy New Year to you and yours!


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