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20mm: Makes sense and that’s very sound advice no matter what the job. It’s a tribute to your commitment to complete this project that you were able to do so and have the aircraft at the Fourth of July 2005 event you were aiming for. The results are just incredible.

Phantom 63-7637 was born in 1963 and flew for many years in defense of the United States of America. She was retired, nearly destroyed, then reborn on the Fourth of July 2005. It was an amazing journey that took her from the role as one of the finest jet combat aircraft in the world to gate guard at a metal scrap yard. And although she will never fly in the skies again, she will fly in the minds and hearts of those who see her, who climb up her sides, touch her skin, and marvel at her cockpits. She has yet another role to play now, thanks to Ben Gimbert.

Two years of hard work, thousands of dollars and thousands of man-hours later, the project is finished. The childhood dream is no longer just a dream. Phantom 63-7637 will fuel the imaginations of the people who see her for many years to come, inspire their visions and kindle new dreams.

Dreams which, like this one, may some day become real.

20mm: Ben, I want to thank you for all the time you spent with us, especially in the midst of finishing all the work you had to do. What you have done here is really inspirational for military aircraft enthusiasts all over the world. The F4 just looks terrific, you did a heck of a job on her.

Ben G: My pleasure. This has been a once in a lifetime project for me, and I’m happy to have it completed. Happy Fourth of July.

20mm: And to you as well.

Before Making a Cap Off. F-4 starbird rear.
Bare Cockpit. Cockpit Front.
Rear Cockpit bare. Rear Cockpit more.
Saw F-4 First Time.

 


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