The Missouri Air National Guard is moving three static jets of the former 131st Fighter Wing in St. Louis to Whiteman Air Force Base to join the unit’s successor, the 131st Bomb Wing, according to a unit video posted on Monday. The aircraft were left behind on display at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport after the fighter unit left for Whiteman in 2008 to become a bomb wing supporting B-2A stealth bomber operations with Whiteman’s Active Duty 509th BW. Workers removed the three fighters—an F-4E Phantom II, F-15A Eagle, and F-100 Super Sabre—?from their mountings at the end of March and in early April and shipped them to Whiteman. All three will ultimately go on display at the wing’s new heritage park, according to a Missouri National Guard release. The F-4E, serial number 68-0338, scored two North Vietnamese MiG kills during the Vietnam War, according to a post at the Facebook page ?of the wing’s veterans community.
May 20, 2022