2017 Merz Lecture
Remembering the RAAF Phantom F4 E
by Tony De Brabander
On Saturday, 18 November 2017, the Friends of the RAAF Museum hosted a lecture on the RAAF Phantom F4 E. The lecture was part of the annual Merz series of lectures and was held in the former Officers’ Mess RAAF Point Cook.
The guest speakers were AVM (Retd) Dave Rodgers, AM (pilot) and WGCDR (Retd) Lance Halvorson, MBE (navigator) who shared their experiences as crew members on the F4-E Phantom aircraft
The Friends of the Museum extended an invitation to all members of the Air Force Association to attend and a generous crowd of 60 guests attended, representing a cross-section of members of the Friends of the Museum, the Air Force Association and museum volunteers.
Guests assembled in the Mess at 1200hrs for tea and coffee before the lecture started at 1230hrs. Proceedings were kicked off by the President of the Friends of the RAAF Museum and the speakers were introduced by the Director RAAF Museum before a most interesting ‘dog and pony show’, highlighting the aircraft itself and Dave Rodgers’ and Lance Halvorson’s own experiences.
The lecture and question time finished at 1415 and was followed by light refreshments and then a visit to the Phantom F4 E currently residing in the Museum.
If anyone is interested in images and history of the Phantom, Dave Rodgers recommended Googling: Angelfire RAAF Phantoms.