PLANE OF THE MONTH
F-4E-33-MC 67-0210 of Maj P W Handley and 1Lt J J Smallwood, 58th TFS/432nd TRW, Udorn RTAB, 2 June 1972
This F-4E was delivered new to the 33rd TFW’s 4533rd TTS on 9 July 1968. It was reassigned to the 4531st TFW (ZF) at Homestead AFB on 13 August 1970, the wing being re-designated the 31st TFW (ZF) on 15 October 1970. Like most surviving USAF F-4Es, this aircraft received LES updates in 1974. Six years later, in August 1980, the jet finally moved to the 4th TFW (SJ), with whom it remained until being retired to AMARC on 18 September 1986. There were plans to recover the aircraft for display, but it was sold to Turkey in June 1987 before this could be done. Most recently serving with Konya-based 132 Filo, 67-0210 was withdrawn from use in October 2004.