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Edwards AFB in Kern County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

NF-4C "Phantom II"

McDonnell

 
 
NF-4C - "Phantom II" Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Denise Boose, January 15, 2013
1. NF-4C - "Phantom II" Marker
Inscription.  The Phantom II, first flown in May 1958, was developed as a fleet defense interceptor for the U.S. Navy. After entering Navy service in 1961, the USAF evaluated it at Edwards AFB to fill a fighter-bomber requirement. In 1963 production F-4Cs began operational service. It could carry twice the normal bomb load of a B-17 from World War II.

Phantoms have also served with the U.S. Marine Corps and many foreign nations such as Great Britain, Germany, Japan, and Israel. Over 5,000 had been built when production ended in 1979.

This particular Phantom is the first production F-4C. The AFFTC Museum acquired it in 1991 after it had served almost its entire career in flight test. Among its various missions was that of tow aircraft for aerial targets. It is displayed with an RMK-19 tow reel and target unit mounted on its centerline station.

On loan from the USAF Msueum.
 
Erected by Air Force Flight Test Center Museum.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Air & Space. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1958.
 
Location. 34° 54.707′ N,
NF-4C - "Phantom II" Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Denise Boose, January 15, 2013
2. NF-4C - "Phantom II" Marker
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117° 55.281′ W. Marker is in Edwards AFB, California, in Kern County. Marker is on Rosamond Boulevard, 4.8 miles east of West Gate, on the left when traveling east. Located next to the old AFFTC Museum. Edwards Air Force Base is not open to the public. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 405 Rosamond Blvd, Edwards CA 93524, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. YA-10B (a few steps from this marker); Air Force Flight Test Center (within shouting distance of this marker); PGM-17A "Thor" (within shouting distance of this marker); Piper PA-48 “Enforcer” (within shouting distance of this marker); Lockheed SR-71A “Blackbird” (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); UC-45J - "Expeditor" (about 400 feet away); T-33A “Shooting Star” (about 400 feet away); N.F.-11 (T.T.-20) - “Meteor” (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Edwards AFB.
 
NF-4C - "Phantom II" image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Denise Boose, January 15, 2013
3. NF-4C - "Phantom II"
NF-4C - "Phantom II" image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Denise Boose, January 15, 2013
4. NF-4C - "Phantom II"
NF-4C - "Phantom II" image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Denise Boose, January 15, 2013
5. NF-4C - "Phantom II"
NF-4C - "Phantom II" image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Denise Boose, January 15, 2013
6. NF-4C - "Phantom II"
Blue Star Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Denise Boose, January 15, 2013
7. Blue Star Memorial Marker
Blue Star Memorial By-Way A tribute to the Armed Forces of America Tumbleweeds Garden Club North Edwards National Garden Clubs Inc.
Blue Star Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Denise Boose, January 15, 2013
8. Blue Star Memorial Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 2, 2022. It was originally submitted on April 21, 2013, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 573 times since then and 3 times this year. Last updated on March 16, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on April 21, 2013, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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