crashed f 4 phantom hanoi  Crashed US F-4 Phantom at Hanoi People’s Air Force Museum, Vietnam(Image: Monty McMont, reproduced with permission)

The Vietnam War proved to be an effective way of stocking the People’s Air Force Museum in Hanoi with the most advanced American hardware of the day.  This battered F-4 Phantom, shot down on May 14, 1967, is displayed in pride of place atop a pile of smashed jet engines, propellers and  the twisted metal wreckage of other US aircraft.

crashed f 4  Crashed US F-4 Phantom at Hanoi People’s Air Force Museum, Vietnam(Image: Monty McMont, reproduced with permission)

The Phantom – an F-4B model – served with the U.S. Navy before its tenure was ended abruptly via the business end of a Russian-built surface to air missile (SAM).  The mangled jet, build number 153001, retained its overall shape despite extensive damage sustained in the crash, and has become one of the museum’s main attractions.  Check out this other impressive F-4 Phantom wreck submerged in Subic Bay.

crashed f 4 phantom hanoi peoples air force museum  Crashed US F-4 Phantom at Hanoi People’s Air Force Museum, Vietnam(Image: DANYSTYLE, reproduced with permission)