Lancaster in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
F-4 Phantom II
Boeing Plaza - Aerospace Walk of Honor
On loan from the United States Air Force, this F-4 Phantom II was acquired on November 7, 2001 from Edwards Air Force Base and transported to the Boeing Company facility at USAF Plant 42. Boeing volunteers worked many hours to restore the fighter to its original condition. In the early morning hours of September 21, 2002, the F-4 was transported here to Boeing plaza, where it proudly flies today.
Built by McDonnell Douglas [formerly McDonnell] in St. Louis, Missouri, the Phantom II is famous for its role as a military fighter during the Vietnam War. The Navy developed it as a high-speed, long-range interceptor to protect the fleet in the 1950s. Because of its range, speed, load-carrying capacity and low maintenance needs, the U.S. Air Force adopted it as a multi-mission tactical fighter for the Vietnam War. The F-4 was also used in the 1990s during Operation Desert Storm. The F-4 flew simultaneously with the U.S. Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps.
More than 5,100 F-4s were built by McDonnell Douglas. The Phantom still holds the record for the largest production run of any supersonic fighter built in the United States [1958 – 1979]. It has also served in the first line of more Western air force than any other jet.
September 21st, 2002 - City of Lancaster
Mayor: Frank C. Roberts
Council Members: Jim Jeffra, Ed Sileo, Andrew D. Visokey
City Manager: James C. Gilley
Panels 2 thru 45 [photos 3 thru 11, below]:
Boeing Plaza - Individual Aerospace Walk of Honor Inductee Plaques
Erected 2002 by the City of Lancaster.
Location. 34° 41.922′ N, 118° 8.202′ W. Marker is in Lancaster, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is at the intersection of West Lancaster Boulevard and Sierra Highway, on the right when traveling west on West Lancaster Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lancaster CA 93535, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John B. "Jack" McKay (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Arthur K. "Kit" Murray (about 400 feet away); Henry E. "Hank" Chouteau (about 400 feet away); Colonel Jesse P. "Jake" Jacobs, Jr. (about 400 feet away); Colonel Jack L. Ridley (about 400 feet away); Thomas C. McMurtry (about 600 feet away); John A. Manke (about 600 feet away); Western Hotel (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lancaster.
Regarding F-4 Phantom II.
Additional Aerospace Walk of Honor inductees, not listed on the panels
Clarence E. "Bud" Anderson; Harry Andonian; Neil Armstrong; MajGen. Fred J. Ascani, USAF; Charles C. "Charlie" Bock, Jr.; Robert L. Cardenas; Marion E. Carl; Henry E. "Hank" Chouteau; Albert Scott Crossfield; William H. Dana; James H. Doolittle; James D. Eastham; Glen W. Edwards; Joe H. Engle; Frank Kendall Everest, Jr.; David L."Ferg" Ferguson; Fitzhugh L. "Fitz" Fulton, Jr.; Jerauld R."Jerry" Gentry; Fred W. Haise; Robert A. "Bob" Hoover; Jesse P. "Jake" Jacobs; Iven Carl Kincheloe, Jr.; William J. Knight; Tony LeVier; John B. "Jack" McKay; Arthur K. "Kit" Murray; William C. Park; Bruce Peterson; Robert O. "Bob" Rahn; Jack L. Ridley; Robert A. "Bob" Rushworth; Herman Richard "Fish" Salmon; Max R. Stanley; Robert L. "Silver Fox" Stephens; Milton O. Thompson; Guy M. Townsend; Joseph A. Walker; Alvin S. "Al" White; Robert M. "Bob" White; Chuck Yeager
Also see . . .
1. Boeing Plaza - Aerospace Walk of Honor. "... Established in 1990 by the Lancaster City Council, the Aerospace Walk of Honor celebrates test pilots who were associated with Edwards AFB. Recognition is awarded for distinguished aviation careers marked by significant and obvious achievements beyond one specific accomplishment." (Submitted on January 2, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. Aerospace Walk of Honor - program concluded. (Submitted on January 9, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
Categories. • Air & Space • War, 1st Iraq & Desert Storm • War, Vietnam •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 2, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,123 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 2, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 4, 5. submitted on January 3, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. submitted on January 4, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.