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f-4 phantom ii retired from usaf service
PHOTO BY: MSgt Michael Ammons (USAF/1997). Obtained through Wikimedia Commons.
December 21, 2016 was a really emotional day for fans of the F-4 Phantom II fighter jet. Thousands of former Phantom crewmembers, pilots, and enthusiasts gathered at Holloman AFB in New Mexico to watch the retirement ceremony of a fighter jet that has been serving for a total of 56 years. Introduced to service in 1960, the Phantom was designed for service in the Vietnam War. Replacing the aging F-86 Sabres and F-100 Super Sabres, the Phantom provided a faster, more agile, and more versatile airframe, which had the ability to go wing-to-wing with the Soviet MiG-21s and 23s. The Phantom was able to set 15 records, such as the fastest flier and the highest flier in the world. In fact, the adaptable flight characteristics of the F-4 Phantom made it suitable for the role of Joint-Strike fighting, being used by the Air Force, Navy, and Marines.
PHOTO BY: Unknown Photographer. SUPPLIED BY: National Museum of Naval Aviation