Three IIAF McDonnell Douglas F-4D Phantom II fighter-bombers at Tehran/Mehrabad TFB-1
IIAF McDonnell Douglas F-4D Phantom II, 14873 / 3-604
Aviation ground equipment beside IIAF McDonnell Douglas F-4D Phantoms
Foreground: IIAF McDonnell Douglas F-4D Phantom II, 14873 / 3-604
Speaking at the ceremony: General Mohammad Amir Khatami, Chief of Staff for the Imperial Iranian Air Force
While serving as an officer of Imperial Iranian Air Force, a declassified CIA report claims that Khatami accumulated a personal fortune of $442 million in today's money. Fortunes such as these amassed by family members and close associates of the shah factored into popular outrage, culminating in the 1979 revolution and subsequent establishment of the Islamic Republic.
Iranian F-4D aircraft as it appears today remaining in service with Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force
[photo: Shahram Sharifi]