Aircraft Transfer from JRB Fort Worth/Carswell Field to VMAP Set For 9/20/2009

By OBA Staff

Press Release – Air Park to Acquire TA-4J & F-4C from Joint Reserve Base
FORT WORTH, TX: The Veterans Memorial Air Park (VMAP) is set to recover two static display aircraft from the Joint Reserve Base Ft. Worth (Carswell Field) on Sunday, September 20th at 1 o’clock in the afternoon at its facility at 3300 Ross Avenue in Fort Worth.

Both of these aircraft have been on static display at the air base since the late 1980s. Recently, both of these aircraft became available to the VMAP through an aircraft loan program with the National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola, Florida.

The TA-4J Skyhawk was built by Douglas as a two seat trainer. This model also served as a Fast FAC, forward air control aircraft during the Vietnam War era. Prior to being put on display at the JRB, this “Scooter,” number 158073, served with the US Navy and US Marine Corps in numerous locations, including Kingsville, Texas, many US locations, Cuba, the Philippines and Puerto Rico. Some of the squadrons this aircraft operated in include; Training Squadrons, 4, 7, 21, 22; Navy Composite Squadrons 1, 5, 8 & 10; and several others before its last active squadron, VX-5 in China Lake, CA.

The USAF F-4C Phantom II (#64-0825) was built by McDonnell in 1965, it served with the 4520th CCTW at Nellis AFB, NV and the 4453rd CCTW at Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ. In 1966 it deployed to the 366th TFW at Da Nang AB, RVN where it remained in-theater until 1970, also serving with the 12th TFW. It then returned to the States with the 479th TFW & 35th TFW at George AFB, CA. Next it was transferred to to the 170th TFS/183rd TFG at Springfield ANGB, IL, the 142nd FIG at Klamath-Falls ANGB, OR and finally, last serving with the 301st TFW Carswell AFB, TX in 1987.

These two aircraft will become the sixteenth and seventeenth aircraft in the VMAP collection’s air park. The VMAP has recently moved from it previous location on Meacham Field and now occupies five acres for aircraft display near it’s museum and storage facility. The new museum is not yet open to the public while renovations are in progress. When open (in the next few months) the B-36 Peacemaker Museum, along with the Forward Air Controller’s Museum and the OV-10 Bronco Association, will share the display space.

The VMAP, through it’s parent organization, the OV-10 Bronco Association, Inc., is a not for profit 501(c)3 corporation dedicated to the preservation of historic aircraft and the education and of our local community regarding the history of aviation in Fort Worth and North Texas.

For further information, contact Jim Hodgson, OBA/VMAP Executive Director, at 817-291-6101 or via email at Hodgson