MCDONNELL F-4C PHANTOM II 64-777
MCDONNELL F-4E PHANTOM II 67-388

(Ones that got away!)

 

 


30MAR88
QAM made approaches via the United States Consulate in Brisbane for the allocation of an F-4E aircraft.
10AUG89
The United States Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton, Ohio confirmed that QAM was qualified for the loan of historic property from the U.S. Government.
MAR91
Advice was received from the USAF Museum that F-4C 64-777 had been allocated to QAM ex Davis Monthan, Arizona. (Source: QAMN/V19N2). This aircraft subsequently went to the Cavanaugh Flight Museum at Addison, Texas.
02AUG91
Given the difficulty of moving the F-4C from Arizona, the USAFM identified USAF F-4E serial number 67-388 as more suitable for allocation to QAM. At the time, this aircraft was being decommissioned at Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines.

Earlier, on 15JUN91, Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines erupted producing the second largest terrestrial eruption of the 20th century. On the same day, Typhoon Yunya struck Luzon. Yunya would normally have been an uneventful cyclone had it not coincided with the eruption of Mount Pinatubo. The ash cloud that normally would have been dispersed across the oceans was redistributed over Luzon by the cyclonic winds of the typhoon, greatly exacerbating the damage caused by the eruption. The water-laden ash fell over the evacuated Clark Air Force Base, as well as the rest of Luzon, resulting in downed power lines and the collapse of flat-roofed buildings. In some areas it was practically raining mud. (Source: Wikipedia)
10AUG91
Advice received from the USAFM that F-4E 67-388 had been affected by corrosive fallout from the eruption and was no longer salvageable.
10JUN15
QAM expressed interest in the hulks of the last two ex RAAF F-4Es (69-7212 and 69-7216) remaining at AMARG, Arizona. As of early 2018 there has been no resolution one way or the other.

 

See also: The F-4E Phantom in RAAF Service

 

Compiled by Ron Cuskelly

 

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ISSUE
DATE
REMARKS
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04FEB18
Page expanded to include F-4C 64-777 and F-4E 69-7212 and 69-7216.
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28JUL14
Original issue.