“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Patterson in Saint Mary Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)

Big - Fast - Deadly

F4 Phantom


(Navy, Air Force, Marines) —

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1. Big - Fast - Deadly Marker
Inscription.  This plane’s last flight was into Memphis, TN. It was towed by truck through Memphis to a rock quarry on the Mississippi River. There, it was loaded onto a rock barge and brought to Morgan City. Once there, it was crane lifted off of the barge and truck towed to the Patterson Airport. There it sat for 10+ years until this museum was built. Soon it will be repainted and raised.

These deadly planes were used for air superiority, close air support, interception attack, reconnaissance and air shows. Currently some foreign countries use this model. In the U.S. they are used for unmanned targets for missile tests. In addition, some private owners use them for air shows.

30,320 empty
62,000 loaded
1,485 MPH @ 4800 feet
62' 11" long
38' 11" wide
16'5" high @ tail
1300 miles
2 J-79 Turbo Jets with 17,900# of thrust each
Air to air Missiles
Air to ground missiles
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2. F4N Patterson Louisiana


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Location. 29° 40.688′ N, 91° 17.632′ W. Marker is in Patterson, Louisiana, in Saint Mary Parish. Marker can be reached from U.S. 90 west of Silo Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Located in front of the Wedell-Williams Aviation and Cypress Sawmill Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 118 Cotten Road, Patterson LA 70392, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cypress Swamps (within shouting distance of this marker); Williams Memorial Airport (approx. 3.7 miles away); Battle Of Bisland (approx. 4.6 miles away); Twin City Gospel Temple (approx. 4.7 miles away); Southwest Reef Lighthouse (approx. 4.8 miles away); Morgan City Floodwalls (approx. 5.2 miles away); Atchafalaya River (approx. 5.2 miles away); a different marker also named Atchafalaya River (approx. 5.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Patterson.
Also see . . .  Wedell-Williams Aviation Collection. (Submitted on April 4, 2016.)
Categories. Air & SpaceWar, 1st Iraq & Desert StormWar, ColdWar, Vietnam
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4. F4N at Patterson Louisiana
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 20, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 3, 2016. This page has been viewed 216 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 3, 2016. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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