MAPA commemorAtes A pArt Of F-four history | news #Air_ForceMarch 24, 2019
HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah — The Mature and Proven Aircraft Division has preserved a piece of history commemorating the F-4E Phantom II, one of the airplanes the division manages.
After repairs and a new paint job, the tail is now displayed at MAPA’s division headquarters at Hill.
“The recovery, transportation, repair, paint and display has been a true Team Hill effort,” said Angela Micheal, MAPA division chief.
Members from the museum, the 75th Civil Engineering Squadron Fire Department, the 576th Aircraft Transportation Group, the 75th Logistics Readiness Squadron, the 388th Fighter Wing Corrosion/Paint shop, and MAPA division personnel all contributed to the tail recovery and preservation from the F‑4E tail number 68-0304.
“I often meet people who were a maintainer or an operator of the F-4 and they usually have a story to share about this airplane buff favorite.”
The McDonnell Douglas F-4E Phantom II is a tandem (two-seat), twin engine, all-weather, long-range supersonic jet aircraft capable of performing air-to-air, air-to-ground, and photographic (reconnaissance) missions.
During its 35-year history, the F-4E provided frontline air defense for the Air Force, Air National Guard, Navy, Marine Corps, and many foreign countries.
Hill has its own history with the F-4E.
From 1969 to 1975, the 388th Tactical Fighter Wing, now known as the 388th Fighter Wing, was stationed at Korat Royal Thai Air Base during the Vietnam conflict.
One of the aircraft its squadrons flew was the F-4E.