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McDonnell F-4C Phantom II

By Htam
McDonnell F-4C Phantom II

@ Santa Rosa, CA

December 2019

The Pacific Coast Air Museum which has an impressive collection of jet warbirds. Delivered in 1965, this F-4 is a “C” model designed specifically for U.S. Air Force use, seeing action in Vietnam and was last operated by the Oregon Air National Guard before retirement in 1988. After retirement, it was assigned to the Sierra Army Depot for use in crash & burn firefighter training. Never burned as intended, the Museum took possession in 1994.  This aircraft, #64-823, carried the call sign “Lincoln One” during the famed “Operation Bolo” raid conceived and led by Colonel Robin Olds.

Designed by McDonnell Aircraft and first flown in 1958, this classic fighter served with three US services and air forces around the world.  December 21, 2016 would mark the phinal retirement of the Phantom from US service.  F-4 production ran from 1958 to 1981, with a total of 5,195 built, making it the most produced American supersonic military aircraft.  McDonnell Aircraft would later merge with Douglas Aircraft in 1967. 

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