F-4D Phantom II
The F-4D Phantom II in the Tinker Air Force Base Heritage Airpark, serial number 66-7518, represented the Air Force mission since 1966. “Miss Piggy,” as its last unit dubbed this F-4D, has been both a tool for strategists in war and educators in peace. The Air War College teaches that achieving air superiority over an enemy is crucial to winning a ground war. A versatile aircraft can help accomplish that goal. The aircraft manufacturer, McDonnell Douglas, intended the F-4 Phantom II to be such an aircraft. Originally designed for the Navy as a carrier-based fighter aircraft, the two-seater Phantoms were also qualified for land-based operations and entered operational service for the Air Force on May 27, 1963. Two years later, they had become the primary air superiority fighter for USAF in Southeast Asia, flying close air support and battlefield air interdiction missions.

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