McDonnell Douglas F-4C "Phantom II"
Engines: Two General Electric J79-GE-15 turbojets; 17,000 lbs thrust each in afterburner
Wingspan: 38 ft 4 7/8 in
Length: 58 ft 3 3/4 in
Height: 16 ft 3 in
Weight: max: 58,000 lbs; empty: 28,496 lbs
Speed: max: 1,433 mph
Range: ferry: 2,000 miles; combat: 538 miles
Service Ceiling: 56,100 ft
Armament: 4 AIM-7 Sparrow AAMs, 4 AIM-9 Sidewinders, up to 16,000 lbs ordnance
Cost: $2,200,000 (approximate)
This F-4C-21-MC, S/N 64-0664, was manufactured by McDonnell Aircraft in St Louis, Missouri, and accepted by the USAF on March 18, 1965. It was originally retained by the manufacturer for flight testing, but in December 1966 was assigned to the Air Force Missile Development Center, Air Force Systems Command, at Holloman AFB, New Mexico.
In May 1967 the aircraft went back to McDonnell Aircraft, then in March 1969 to the Air Force Armament Test Center at Eglin AFB, Florida. While there it was deployed to Edwards AFB, California, for a time. In October 1977 the plane went back to McDonnell-Douglas in St. Louis.
In October 1980 this aircraft was transferred to the Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards AFB. It traveled briefly back to McDonnell-Douglas in Tulsa, Oklahoma, then in August 1981 moved to the Ogden Air Logistics Center at Hill AFB. Here it flew flight test and weapons missions until March 1988 when it was dropped from active Air Force inventory and transfered to museum status. It was placed on static display on a pedestal in a small park just south of the Officers' Club.
In Spring 2005 the State of Utah awarded funding to the Aerospace Heritage Foundation of Utah, the museum's private supporting organization, for this aircraft to be relocated to a new pedestal on the museum grounds as part of a beautification project for the museum's Memorial Park. The aircraft was repainted and relocated in the Fall of 2006.