F-4D Phantom II #550
McDonnell Douglas F-4D Phantom II – SN 66-7550
On April 16, 1972 General Cherry and his Weapons Systems Officer (WSO) Jeff Feinstein were flying this aircraft, F-4D #66-7550, as number three in a flight of four F-4Ds on a combat air patrol mission over North Vietnam. After an intense five minute dogfight, Cherry and Feinstein score their first kill. It was a camouflaged MiG-21 flown by Lieutenant Nguyen Hong My, who survived the crash and the war, and was later the guest of honor on April 16, 2009 when Aviation Heritage Park was formally opened to the public. This incredible story is chronicled in Cherry’s book, My Enemy – My Friend. Phantom 550 was manufactured in 1967 and completed her service in 1989 after accumulating over 6,000 flying hours. She was acquired by Aviation Heritage Park in December 2005, restored to her original colors and put on display in October 2008.
The USAF credited F-4 crews with 44 MiG kills over Southeast Asia, more than any other type of aircraft. Phantom II production ended in 1979 after more than 5,000 had been built.
Crew: 2 (pilot and weapons system officer)
Length: 58 feet, 2 inches
Wingspan: 38 feet, 5 inches
Height: 16 feet, 6 inches
Powerplant: 2x General Electric J79 turbojets
Weight: Empty – 30,328 lbs. Loaded – 41,500 lbs. Max take-off weight – 61,795 lbs.
Max Speed: Mach 2.23 at altitude. Cruise Speed: 585 mph.
Range: 1,615 miles with 3 external fuel tanks
Armament: Air-to-Air missles. AIM 7 Sparrow. AIM 9 Sidewinder. Air-to-Ground Missiles. General Purpose Bombs. Nuclear Weapons
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Grumman F9F-5 Panther
Grumman F9F-5 – BuNo 125992
The Panther being flown by LCDR John Magda at the time of his death was an F9F-2, an earlier version of the Panther on display at the park. The Panther on display was accepted by the Navy on April 25, 1952 and has flown a total of 2,343 hours. Active duty stations include North Carolina, Japan and California. It was last assigned to the Naval Reserve at NAS Minneapolis on February 28, 1958. The aircraft was on public display at Winona, MN for a number of years. In November 2007, the National Naval Aviation Museum gave special permission to restore the aircraft in Blue Angels colors and placed it on loan to Warren County to be an exhibit in Aviation Heritage Park.
Length: 38 feet, 10 inches
Wingspan: 38 feet
Height: 12 feet, 3 inches
Powerplant: 1 Pratt & Whitney J48-P-6A
Weight: Empty – 10,147 lbs. Loaded – 17,766 lbs.
Max Speed: 579 mph, Cruise Speed: 481 mph
Climb rate: 5,900 ft/min
Service Ceiling: 42,800 ft.
Armament: Guns – 4 20mm cannon, Rockets 6×5-inch, Total bomb load 2,000 lbs.
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Lockheed T-33A-5 Shooting Star
This aircraft is the trainer version of the F-80, which was the USAF’s first operational jet fighter. Also known as the “T-Bird,” this trainer version was flown regularly by General Russell Dougherty, particularly while serving at the Pentagon. The T-Bird on display came to the USAF in 1953. After serving with a Combat Crew Training Wing at Nellis AFB, NV, it was assigned to the 1st Fighter Wing at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, MI. It was then placed on static display at the Yankee Air Museum in Ypsilanti, MI. In January 2011, 27 years later, it was loaned to Warren County for restoration and placement in Aviation Heritage Park.
Length: 37 feet, 9 inches
Wingspan: 38 feet, 10.5 inches
Height: 11 feet, 8 inches
Powerplant: 1 Allison J33A35 turbojet
Weight: Empty – 8,300 lbs., Max – 15,100 lbs.
Max Speed: 600 mph, Cruise Speed: 455 mph
Ceiling: 45,000 ft.
Range: 1,275 miles