aircraft electrical power to the pods, so the ram air turbines
(RAT) originally used were replaced by dummy nose cones.
As the number of AN/ALQ-71 pods increased, USAF F-4D/Es
were also fitted with them beginning in April 1967. Initially
the F-4s were modified to carry the pods on other pylons than
the right outboard, but soon the strike aircraft began carrying
them in the front Sparrow wells, freeing up the other stations
for ordnance or fuel tanks.
The first F-4D unit to receive ECM pods was apparently the
Udorn RTAFB-based 432nd TRW. Prior to January 1968 they
carried at least one AN/ALQ-71. From January through March
1968, they carried two AN/ALQ-71 pods, one standard and
Beginning in April 1968, Da Nang-based 366th TFW F-4D/
Es, which only flew in the southern part of North Vietnam
where the only threat was (wrongly) assumed to be AAA, were
fitted with a single AN/ALQ-71 pod. Since the pod formation
was only needed to counter the SAM threat, these aircraft
commonly flew in pairs.
Cat. No. 648491 AN/ ALQ-71(V)-2 ECM pod
Cat. No. 648492 AN/ALQ-71(V)-3 ECM pod
INFO Eduard - December 2019