F-4 Phantom II Restored at U.S.S. Lexington Museum
CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -
A newly restored F-4 Phantom II can now be found on the flight deck of the U.S.S. Lexington Museum on the Bay.
The plane was developed in the late 1950s. Museum exhibitors said the restoration took roughly four months to complete.
The versatility of the Phantom took it to all corners of the globe as a fighter, interceptor and photo-recon plane. M. Charles Rustle, Director of Operations and Exhibits, said the museum maintains a five-year paint plan in order to keep the aircraft carriers in top shape.
"We do this approximately every two to four months, depending on the size of aircraft, amount of restoration necessary to bring it back up to speed, so that lasts about five years on the flight deck," Rustle said.
Rustle added that the City of Corpus Christi has one of the most corrosive environments in the country. The Navy rates the city a nine on a scale of one-10, 10 being out to sea.
Each aircraft on the U.S.S. Lexington is valued at half a million dollars minimum.