In January 2004, the aircraft carrier USS Midway began the process of
This method of sponsorship meant it was possible
In fact, the first F-4 Phantom,
with non-Midway paint schemes,
Ollie Milam & Jack Ensch
A couple of us were well-aware of the unique
achievements of both
The 2nd Phantom was ours,
In March 2004, a drive was begun to raise the $40,000 required to sponsor
an F-4 Phantom II painted in the colors and markings of
The Freelancers of Fighter Squadron Twenty-One
The Chargers of Fighter Squadron One Six One
for display aboard
The San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum
Two months later,
the drive was completed with a grand total of $58,757 raised!
The additional money raised beyond our goal will be used
to enhance the Midway Phantom aircraft display and
for the planned refurbishment of the
Midway F-4 Phantom Ready Room, Ready 6.
1) The FIRST and LAST air-to-air victories of the Vietnam War.
2) The BEGINNING and END of the entire period of Air-to-Air Combat of the Vietnam War, 1965-1973.
3) Every aviator who flew a Combat Air Patrol mission during the Vietnam War, 1965-1973.
4) Every person who participated in the maintenance and supply effort for the F-4 during the tens of thousands of combat sorties it flew in Vietnam, 1965-1973.
5) VF-21 & VF-161, two of the greatest F-4 squadrons of the Vietnam War.
1) The complete Navy F-4 air-to-air weapons system is represented by the Midway Phantom's victories: both AIM-7 Sparrow and AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles were utilized.2) VF-21 & VF-161 were shore-based at NAS Miramar, San Diego and sea-based aboard USS Midway. The Midway Phantom is a superb representative of the USS Midway, Fightertown USA, Naval Aviation, Navy Fighter Aviation, the San Diego community, The San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum,
and most importantly,
all those who were ever members of a
The Midway Phantom