The F-4 Phantom II production ran from 1958 to 1981, with a total of 5,195 built, making her the most numerous American supersonic military aircraft. The F-4 entered service with the US armed forces in 1960. Her operational military career ended 36 years later, in 1996. Many of the redundant Phantoms were parked at AMARG (Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group) at Davis Monthan AFB, Arizona. Their future didn’t look promising: the F-4s could be chopped up, or become an aerial target and eventually get blown out of the sky over the ranges at Tyndall AFB, Florida or Holloman AFB, New Mexico. The aircraft played an important role in the history of military aviation, she was the backbone of the US forces in Vietnam and during the ‘Cold War‘, where many pilots flew her, and many airmen owe their life to her. Many people have sympathy for this beautiful aircraft and therefore like to preserve the F-4 Phantom II and keep her remembered for future generations. The best way to do so, is to put her on display in museums, as gateguards, at VFW- and ALP posts or at heritage/memorial parks. In this book you will find an overview on 257 Phantoms preserved across the United States of America. Between 2009 and 2013 I visited several States in my hunt for ‘Preserved Phantoms‘. I would like to share a pictural overview on these F-4s I managed to get in front of my camera during these trips.
- titel: Preserved Phantoms
- auteur: Coert van Breda
- ISBN: 978-94-6247-008-8 / 9789462470088
- bestelnummer: 100089-001
- uitvoering: paperback (full color)
- omvang: 182 pagina’s, formaat 200×280 mm