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Misawa F-4C Phantom II: A Vietnam vet still serving

F-4C in the snow

An F-4C Phantom II static display sits at Risner Circle at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Dec. 18, 2018. The aircraft downed the second MiG-17 of the Vietnam War on July 10, 1965. The F-4 arrived at Misawa AB as a battle-damage repair training air frame but once its history was understood, the aircraft was quickly accessioned into the United States Air Force Museum system. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Collette Brooks)

Landing Gear

An F-4C Phantom II rests on a landing gear stand at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Dec. 18, 2018. After discovering its historic significance, Team Misawa accessioned the aircraft into the United States Air Force Museum system, restored it and put the F-4C on permanent display in September 1992. (U.S. Air Force photo by Branden Yamada)

Strike a pose!

Branden Yamada, a 35th Fighter Wing Public Affairs administrative specialist, poses in front of an F-4C Phantom II static display at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Dec. 18, 2018. Born in Misawa, Branden's father, a retired U.S. Air Force civil engineer, served at Misawa AB from 1984 to 1989. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Candace Williams)

Tail 64-0679

An F-4C Phantom II static display sits in Risner Circle at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Dec. 18, 2018. The aircraft contributed to the second MiG-17 kill of the Vietnam War on July 10, 1965. (U.S. Air Force photo by Branden Yamada)

F-4 at sunrise

An F-4C Phantom II sits in Risner Circle at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Dec. 18, 2018. The F-4C is one of two static displays in Risner Circle. The other static, an F-86 Sabre, includes the U.S. Air Force and Japan Air Self-Defense Force insignia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Branden Yamada)

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan -- During the Vietnam War, the F-4C Phantom II, 64-0679, downed the second MiG aircraft on July 10, 1965. The first MiG-killer was later shot down over the demilitarized zone on July 30, 1967, making this aircraft the sole survivor of the July 10, 1965, conflict. The F-4C made it to Misawa Air Base, Japan, in August 1988, and was restored and displayed in September 1992.