McDonnell Douglas F4C "Phantom II"
Type: Fighter Bomber
Weight: 58,000 lbs loaded
Armament: M61 "Vulcan" Cannon in External Pod Up to 16,000 lbs of externally carried nuclear or conventional bombs, rockets or missiles like the "Sidewinder" and "Sparrow" Air to Air Missiles
Engine: Two General Electric J-79-GE Turbofans, 17,900lb thrust each with afterburner
Max Speed: 1,400 mph
Range: 1,750 miles
Service Ceiling: 59,600 ft
Number Built: 583
Originally designed as a carrier-based fighter for the U.S. Navy, the "Phantom" proved versatile and rugged during the Vietnam Conflict with the ability to carry twice the bomb load of the Second World War B-17.
The Louisiana Air National Guard flew the F4 from 1979-1985 as part of the US Air Defense Alert system.
This aircraft (SN: 63-7556) is on loan from the United States Air Force Museum. Object ID# 666281
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • Military • War, Vietnam.
Location. 29° 57.61′ N, 90° 0.352′ W. Marker is in New Orleans, Louisiana
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Beech AT-11 "Kansan" (a few steps from this marker); Lockheed T-33 "Shooting Star" (a few steps from this marker); N/TSW-7C Air Traffic Control Center (a few steps from this marker); McDonnell Douglas F-15A "Eagle" (within shouting distance of this marker); North American F-100D "Super Sabre" (within shouting distance of this marker); Douglas A-26B Invader "Solid" Nose (within shouting distance of this marker); M20 Scout Car "Greyhound" (within shouting distance of this marker); M75 Armored Personnel Carrier (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Orleans.
More about this marker. Located on the grounds of the Louisiana National Guard, Jackson Barracks base. The Ansel M. Stroud Jr. Military History & Weapons Museum is located on site. Museum is opened M-Sat 10-4. Highly recommend checking before a visit to make sure base/museum is opened and accessible to civilians, as it is an active military base.
Also see . . . Geaux Guard Museum website. (Submitted on November 28, 2020, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 28, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 28, 2020, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 44 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 28, 2020, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana.