Serial Number: 153016
Markings: 1972 US Navy for USS Ranger
Museum Condition: Static Display Only
Acquired in November 1988, from the scrap pile at the San Diego Aerospace Museum, Doug Champlin negotiated talks with the USN to put the F-4 on display in the Champlin Fighter Aircraft Museum is Mesa, AZ. When the Champlin Collection was acquired by the Museum of Flight, resulting in the closure of the museum on 26 May, 2003, the Pima Air and Space Museum of Tucson, AZ, took over the right to display the aircraft. Pima in turn loaned it to the AZ Wing for display.
The names on the canopy rails commemorate the last two aircrews from the carrier USS Ranger to be lost in the Vietnam War. The aircraft is considered a monument to these flyers.
The aircraft is a combat veteran which flew at least 200 sorties from the USS Ranger and the USS Forrestal, later serving in the USNR (United States Naval Reserve).