F 4 Phantom nr 333

F 4 Phantom nr 333

333 står i dag i klimakontrollert lager i påvente av bedre utstillingsplass

Det største flyet som finnes på magasin i Bodø er en McDonnel Douglas F4 Phantom, med serienummer som ender på 333. Flyet har en betydelig historikk fra Vietnamkrigen, og er en del av samlingen som skal dokumentere alliert innsats i Norge, og i tillegg være en tidstypisk gjenstand fra epoken om den kalde krigen. 

Flyet, 333 som det ofte bare kalles, har en spennende historie. Blant annet har vi en personlig beretning om da det ble skadet, skrevet av flygeren selv. 

The story that I am about to relate was been buried deep in my mind and not shared with others for over thirty years. It is about an F-4 phantom that I flew many years ago when I was stationed at Da Nang, Vietnam in 1971. Life events now compel me to put down on paper my experience in that wonderful airplane. My pilot training class, 67F from Vance Air Force Base, had a reunion in Norway last summer that I attended. I visited F-4 phantom 333 where it sits in a museum at Bodo, Norway. I had longed to touch it one more time so I can feel the cold hard aluminum fuselage that took such a beating for me years ago. It was riddled with bullet holes from anti-aircraft guns, had one engine out, and was streaming fuel from holes in the fuel tanks when it refused to die. Even though this wonderful airplane had been shot to pieces it took me to death's door and brought me back alive. I feel obligated to relate this story so it can be donated to the museum at Bodo. The public that will view 333 has the right to know what a tough, battle tested aircraft it is...

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