In a ceremony at Holloman AFB, New Mexico on December 21, over 500 people watched the final flight of an Air Force F-4 Phantom. Marking the end of over 50 years of service to the Air Force it was a bittersweet moment for pilot Lt. Col. Ronald King who flew the F-4 on its final flight.

“This has been a humbling experience,” said King, the Det. 1, 82nd Aerial Target Squadron commander. “There is no way to truly understand what this aircraft has done without talking to the people who lived it.”

“I’ve learned a lot on this journey,” said King, the only active duty F-4 pilot in the Air Force. “This is not an aircraft; this is a family. With that, I would leave you with this – Phantom forever.” – Holloman AFB

Watch the Final F-4 Flight