Up-Close Aircraft Day
Saturday, September 14th
F-4C Phantom II
March Field Air Museum is proud to announce the latest installment of “Up-Close Aircraft Days” for 2019 on Saturday, August 10, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. As part of the interpretive program, a different aircraft is featured each month. On the second Saturday of each month throughout the year, Museum guests will have the opportunity for a close-up look – sometimes climbing stairs to get a close-up view into the cargo bay or cockpit - other times even climbing aboard.
For the upcoming “Up-Close Aircraft Day” guests will see the museum’s F-4C Phantom II. Designed in 1958 the F-4 Phantom II is considered by many aviation experts to be the most versatile and effective multi-role combat aircraft ever built. Initially designed as an attack bomber without internal weapons, the Phantom carried a greater bomb load than a B-29, yet became an effective air-to-air fighter shooting down 106 out of 137 MiGs reported destroyed during the Vietnam War. Israel has used F-4's in all of its major confrontations, at one time shooting down over 70 Syrian aircraft without a single Phantom lost.
In 1962, the USAF began equipping the Tactical Air Command with the F-4C, similar to the U.S. Navy F-4B. Large numbers of C and D Phantoms flew in Southeast Asia between 1966 and 1973 including the museum’s F-4C serial number 63-7693. 63-7693 was manufactured by McDonnell Aircraft, St. Louis, Missouri, and delivered to the USAF on February1 1965.
Between 1965-1967, the aircraft served with triple ace Colonel Robin Old’s legendary “Wolf Pack”, the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing at Ubon Royal Thai Air Force Base during the height of the Vietnam War. In 1967, the aircraft was transferred to the 366th Tactical Fighter wing at Da Nang Air Base, South Vietnam before returning home. Assigned to the 58th Tactical Fighter Training Wing, at Luke Air Force Base in 1971 the aircraft continued its active duty service until 1982, when it was assigned to the Air national Guard 163rd Tactical Fighter Wing at March Air Force Base, California.
Every second Saturday through 2019, a different aircraft is featured monthly during "Up-Close Aircraft Days" at the March Field Air Museum! Guests have the opportunity for a close look – sometimes climbing stairs to see directly into the cargo bay or cockpit, other times even climbing aboard. The new Up-Close Aircraft Days takes place every second Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Included with regular museum admission.