Hobby Master 1/72 Air Power Series HA19037 McDonnell Douglas F-4J Phantom II 153833, VMFA-232 "Red Devils" US Marines, Japan 1977. 1/72 Scale Diecast Model, Size: 6.25" Wingspan & 10.5" Optional Up & Down Landing Gear, Armaments & Display Stand Are Included.
The F-4E variant was an improved version of the C/D with an elongated nose and compact radar. These two things made it possible to install a 20mm M61A1 6 barrel 640 round Vulcan gun pod in the nose. The F-4E was the most produced variant with 1387 aircraft being made over its 12 year production period. The “E” also equipped more air forces than any other variant of the Phantom II.
In late 1967 VMF-232 “Red Devils” completed a tour of Vietnam. At home they received the new F-4 Phantom II and began painting their “Red Devil” insignia on the aircraft. On March 1, 1965 the “Red Devils” became VMF(AW)-232 and were sent to Iwakuni, Japan arriving on September 2, 1966. In 1973 the squadron was the last Marine squadron to leave Vietnam returning to Iwakuni. In late 1977 the “Red Devils” were posted to MCAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. Later F-4J 153833 was upgraded to an F-4S, converted to a drone and shot down in 2004.
DECEMBER 2022 RELEASE
|Size:||6.25" Wingspan & 9.75" Long|
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