USAF T-38C RECEIVES THE COLORS OF THE VIETNAM-ERA PHANTOM

The aircraft will play an important role during Freedom Flyer Reunion.

T-38 F-4 Phantom scheme Freedom Flyer
T-38C dons F-4’s colors for role during Freedom Flyer Reunion.

An aircraft with a color scheme familiar to Air Force pilots who flew missions during the Vietnam War will play an important role in the 560th Flying Training Squadron’s 45th annual Freedom Flyer Reunion March 22-23.

It will remain a sight to see at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph for years to come.

One of the 560th FTS’ T-38C Talons has been repainted in the gray, green and tan colors of the Vietnam-era F-4 Phantom II, the fighter aircraft many Air Force pilots were flying when they were shot down over North Vietnam and taken to prisoner-of-war camps.

“The T-38 was specifically painted for this year’s reunion,” said Maj. Wil Harris, 45th Freedom Flyer Reunion director. “It will be a central piece in the freedom flights of three ex-POWs on March 22. It will also be on display at the reunion’s wreath-laying ceremony at Washington Circle the next day.”

The annual event honors all prisoners of war and missing in action service members from the Vietnam War and included a wreath-laying ceremony and a missing man formation flyover.


Source, Top image: USAF


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