1986 Image Shows Crashed F-4 Phantom at Gulfport, Mississippi

crashed f 4 phantom gulfport  1986 Image Shows Crashed F-4 Phantom at Gulfport, Mississippi(Image: US Air Force, public domain)

This black and white photo shows the aftermath of an incident that took place on March 14, 1986 at Gulfport, Mississippi, in which an F-4 Phantom sustained damage during an emergency landing and ended up in a field not far from the main runway.

The jet, serial number 66-7675, which belonged to the 170th Tactical Fighter Squadron of the Illinois Air National Guard, was returning from a training mission at the time.  The Phantom remained largely intact and, although the crew was forced to eject, nobody was injured during the incident.

Keep reading – dive the submerged F-4 Phantom of Subic Bay and visit the crashed Phantom at the Hanoi Aviation Museum.

Crashed US F-4 Phantom at Hanoi People’s Air Force Museum, Vietnam

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)

War of the Worlds: Crashed Boeing 747, Universal Studios

war of the worlds 747  War of the Worlds: Crashed Boeing 747, Universal Studios(Image: Daniel Rodríguez Troitiño, cc-nc-sa-3.0)

Anyone who has seen Steven Spielberg’s 2005 adaptation of H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds will remember an incredible scene where, after cowering in a suburban basement while the Tripods wreaked havoc on the world around, Ray and his kids ventured out to discover the wreckage of a crashed Boeing 747. Storm Climb has delved into the story behind the “crashed” plane and its final journey to Universal Studios.

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The 747 Jumbo Jet is a breathtaking sight on the back-lot at Universal Studios in Los Angeles, 2,500 miles from the crash scene’s fictitious east coast setting. To create the scene, the film crew purchased a retired 747 previously operated by Japan’s All Nippon Airways. The surplus passenger plane was transported to Universal at a cost of $2 million.

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The crew then set about breaking the 747 into several massive pieces and cutting away parts of the cabin to reveal seats and other internal features. Wreckage was strewn all around, and the damaged houses were constructed around the aircraft remains.

war of the worlds 747 3  War of the Worlds: Crashed Boeing 747, Universal Studios(Image: s.yume, cc-nc-nd-3.0)

The All Nippon Airways livery is clearly visible on the fuselage of the wrecked plane. Fans can view the memorable scene for themselves on the Universal Studios back-lot tour. While this 747 is well and truly destroyed, it has nevertheless been immortalised in film history and displayed for the enjoyment of movie fans, unlike the rusting occupants of forgotten plane graveyards and boneyards around the world.