Col. Joe Kittinger F-4 Phantom II Memorial Dedication

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Col. Joe Kittinger F-4 Phantom II Memorial Dedication

Col. Joe Kittinger F-4 Phantom II Memorial Dedication

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jtracy
September 16, 2016

Invitation to the dedication for the Colonel Joe Kittinger F- 4 Phantom II Memorial for all Central Florida Vietnam Veterans, December 14, 2014.

Listen as F- 4 team member, Paul Halyard, describes working on this historic project in this excerpt from an oral history interview at The University Club of Orlando on June 3, 2016.

LISTEN Part I (20:03)                             (text highlights from audio recording)

In fact, when the F4 Project was started here we would have our meetings back in the President's Lounge. And Pat Phillips, and Joe Kittinger, got me aside after the meeting and said, "Look, we're going to need drawings, permits, and a lot of work, that - you're an engineer- that you can do." So I swallowed a smart pill overnight and the next morning I went over to John Elsea's office and I'm sitting in John Elsea's office and I said, "John, I'm going to need some help on this project." I said, "We're bringing this airplane in. We got to put it on a pedestal. We need structural engineers, mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, you got to get it lit. We got a lot of work to do. And John says, "I tell you what, why don't we ask George Powell?" I said, "George Powell hasn't been in the military." "Yeah, but his roommate at The University of Florida is an admiral and he's got a lot of experience."

So anyway, we got George Powell and George Powell just pulled the whole thing together. We had meetings every Thursday morning at George Powell's office. There must have been 10 or 15 people around there and finally we got the thing put together and it was 2014. We were trying to do it for November 11, but it actually got done Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 2 pm. We had Congressman John Mica as the keynote speaker and we had the project dedicated. And I'm really, really proud to be a part of that team. We all got hats to wear that day, Kittinger F4 Project hats. So it's out there at Joe Kittinger Park on the southwest corner of Herndon now called Executive Airport....

Invitation courtesy of the Paul Halyard Archives

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