Hobby Master 1:72 Air Power Series HA1934 McDonnell Douglas F-4E Phantom II USAF 432nd TRW, 58th TFS, #67-0362, Steve Ritchie, Udorn RTAFB, Thailand, July 1972. 1/72 Scale Diecast Model, Size: 6.25" Wingspan & 10.5" Long, Optional Up & Down Landing Gear, Armaments & Display Stand Are Included.
The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II is a tandem two-seat, twin-engine, all-weather, long-range supersonic jet interceptor and fighter-bomber originally developed for the United States Navy by McDonnell Aircraft. It first entered service in 1961 with the Navy. Proving highly adaptable, it was also adopted by the United States Marine Corps and the United States Air Force, and by the mid-1960s had become a major part of their air arms. Primary Role: Interceptor, Fighter-Bomber.
On July 8 1972 while flying MIGCAP for chaff bombers, F-4E 67-0362 crewed by Capt. Steve Ritchie and RIO Capt. Chuck DeBellevue call-sign Paula 1 received a call from an EC-121 that MiG-21s were returning home and heading their way. Ritchie turned the Phantom and headed straight for them. One MiG-21 flew right past him but based on past experience of where there is on MiG there is a second. Seconds later another MiG-21 raced by so then Ritchie did a 180 and closed on the closest MiG-21 and destroyed it. The first MiG he had encountered was now headed for another Phantom so 67-0362 turned and destroyed their second MiG-21 of the day. This was Ritchie’s third and fourth MiGs and DeBellevue’s second and third. Capt. Ritchie would end his tour in Vietnam with 5 kills while Capt. DeBellevue would score 6 making him the first RIO/WSO to score 6 kills as well as the only USAF aviator to score this many during the Vietnam War.
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|Size:||6.25" Wingspan & 10.5" Long|
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