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Florence in Lauderdale County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

The Phantom

 
 
The Phantom Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, October 22, 2013
1. The Phantom Marker
Inscription.
The Phantom

The F-4 Phantom was the U.S. Air Force’s fastest, highest-flying and longest-range fighter. It first flew May 27, 1958, and entered United States Air Force service in 1963. It was named Phantom II on July 3, 1959, during a ceremony held at the McDonnell plant in St. Louis, Mo., to celebrate the company’s 20th anniversary. By the end of production in 1985, McDonnell had built 5,068 Phantom IIs.

F-4’s saw combat in both the Vietnam War and Operation Desert Storm and served in the air forces of eleven countries in addition to the United States.

Both U.S. military flight demonstration teams, the Navy Blue Angels and the Air Force Thunderbirds, flew the Phantom II from 1969 to 1973. The F-4 Phantom became the first American aircraft to see concurrent service with branches of the USAF, USN and USMC.

Specifications:
Wingspan: 38 feet 5 inches
Length: 58 feet 3 inches
Height: 16 feet 6 inches
Ceiling: 56,100 feet
Range: 1,750 miles
Weight: 55,597 pounds
Power: Two 17,900-lb-thrust General Electric J79-GE-17 jet engines
Speed: 1,485 mph (max)
Accommodation: Two Crew
Armament: 15,983 pounds of weapons, including 20 mm nose-mounted M-61 “Vulcan” cannon

This Phantom's History

This F-4D
This Phantom's History Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, October 22, 2013
2. This Phantom's History Marker
Phantom II was manufactured by McDonnell Aircraft, in St. Louis, MO., and gained by the United States Air Force on Feb. 28, 1967.

March 1967 To 49th Tactical Fighter Wing (U.S. Air Force Europe), Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany (deployment to Wheelus Air Base Libya, Aviano Air Base Italy, Bitburg Air Base Germany).

September 1973 To 36th Tactical Fighter Wing (U.S. Air Force Europe), Royal Air Force, Bentwaters, United Kingdom.

April 1979 To 52nd Tactical Fighter Wing (U.S. Air Force Europe), Spangdahlem Air Base (deployment to Zaragoza Air Base, Spain).

September 1981 To 401st Tactical Fighter Wing (U.S. Air Force Europe), Torrejon Air Base, Spain.

May 1983 To 187th Tactical Fighter Group (Air National Guard), Dannelly Field, Alabama.

July 1988 Retired from active service.

August 1988 – January 2013 Displayed at Dannelly Field, Montgomery, Alabama and later at Fort McClellan, Alabama.

February 2013 Relocated to Veterans Memorial Park, Florence, Alabama.

F-4D Phantom, serial number 66-7514 is on loan from the National Museum of the United States Air Force, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio.
 
Erected 2013.
 
Location. 34° 
The Phantom & This Phantom's History Markers image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, October 22, 2013
3. The Phantom & This Phantom's History Markers
48.737′ N, 87° 37.459′ W. Marker is in Florence, Alabama, in Lauderdale County. Marker is on Veterans Park Drive 0.2 miles east of South Cox Creek Parkway (Alabama Route 133), on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Markers are located in Veterans Memorial Park near the tail of the F-4D Phantom. Marker is in this post office area: Florence AL 35630, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lieutenant Colonel R. Edward Yeilding (here, next to this marker); The Cobra Helicopter (a few steps from this marker); 75mm Field Gun (within shouting distance of this marker); Anti-Tank Gun (within shouting distance of this marker); “Gooney Bird” Propeller (within shouting distance of this marker); Don Leslie Michael (within shouting distance of this marker); 16” Projectile (within shouting distance of this marker); W.W. II Anchor (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Florence.
 
Also see . . .  Combat Countdown Military Channel. video of Phantom (Submitted on October 24, 2013, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.) 
 
Categories. Air & SpaceWar, 1st Iraq & Desert StormWar, Vietnam
 
F-4D Phantom II image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, October 22, 2013
4. F-4D Phantom II
Serial number 66-7514 on tail image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, October 22, 2013
5. Serial number 66-7514 on tail
F-4 Phantom weapons image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, October 22, 2013
6. F-4 Phantom weapons
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 23, 2013, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 537 times since then and 65 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 23, 2013, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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