Dedicated to Col. Richard 'Pop' Keirn, Lt.Col. Roscoe 'Ross' Fobair and SMSgt O.J. Neal. Keirn and Fobair were the first victims of a SAM-missile during the Vietnam War, when their F-4C-20-MC 63-7599 was shot down on 24/07/1965. Fobair was unfortunately not able to eject, and died when the F-4C crashed. Keirn managed to eject, but was captured. He spent 7,5 years at the 'Hanoi Hilton', before being released during Operation Homecoming on 12/02/1973.
157293 is often misidentified as MiG-killer: Cdr. Samuel C. Flynn Jr and Lt. William H. John scored a kill against a MiG-21 on June 21st, 1972 flying F-4J BuNo 157307. Shortly after, BuNo 157293 became Cdr. Flynn's assigned aircraft and the MiG-kill marking was transferred to 157293.
Painted as 63-487, in colors Alabama ANG 117th TRW / 106th TRS 'Recce Rebels'. Dedicated to Maj. Barry K. Henderson and Lt.Col. Stephen G. Schramm who died while on deployment to Sheika Isa Airbase in Bahrain during Desert Shield : their RF-4C-22-MC 64-1044 crashed on October 8th, 1990
17-8440 was the last F-4EJ that left the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries production line. Mitsubishi had been building 127 F-4EJs under license. She was delivered to the JASDF on May 20, 1981. As the production line at the McDonnell Douglas factory in St.Louis had already been closed, 17-8440 was also the last (#5195) F-4 Phantom II built. She received the upgrade to the F-4EJ Kai version, and is still operational with 301 Hikotai, currently based at Hyakuri AB.