Veteran's Park
Sikston, Missouri
BuNo 153839

 The Phantom on display at Sikeston Veteran's Park came from NAS Memphis. The Veteran Association acquired it through the Naval Air Museum in Pensacola, FL. The aircraft was loaded on a gravel barge in Memphis and moved by barge to Marston, Missouri. After unloading it using equipment at the local grain company, it was towed by wrecker up Highway 61 about 30 miles. The Missouri State Highway Patrol led the caravan with additional vehicles from the local power company, highway department, cable TV, telephone company, city police from four different communities and the county sheriff from two counties. It made for quite a show to say the least.

The aircraft is on display restored in fleet colors of VF-96 assigned to the USS Enterprise. This was accomplished by using photographs from one of our members taken when he was stationed aboard the USS Enterprise.

Tom Austin
Sikeston Veteran Association

Photo of 153839 after it left the Blues and went to the NATC. It's still Blue but with added markings and then after she was painted.

Note; This aircraft was also flown by the Blue Angels when they were flying McDonnell Douglas F-4J Phantom II. ATN3 Tom Bispo (Blue Angel '64-65)