Hobby Master 1/72 Air Power Series
McDonnell Douglas F-4J Phantom II
BuNo.155510, VF-102 "Diamondbacks",
USS Independence (CV-64) , 1976
True 1/72 scale
Professionally painted
Great attention to detail
All markings are Tampoed (pad applied)
Option to display the model on a stand that is provided
Model can be shown with the landing gear in the down or up positions
Loads of optional armament has been provided
Canopy can be displayed open or closed
Extremely heavy metal with a minimum of plastic
Highly collectable
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The final variant of the McDonnell Douglas Phantom II was the F-4J; an improved version of the
F-4B and was produced for the USMC and USN. There were approximately 520 airframe built
with the first operational flight taking place in 1966. The F-4J was provided with stronger landing
gear and modifications to the inner wings and tail. The F-4J also received the new J79-GE-10
engines providing 17,900 lbs of thrust.

In 1972 McDonnell Douglas F-4J Phantom II BuNo 155510 was delivered to VF-102
“Diamondbacks” where it was the CAG’s aircraft and assigned to the aircraft carrier USS
Independence. Late in 1976 1555510 was assigned to VF-103 “Jolly Rogers” until it was struck
off charge and sent to the bone yard in 1983. In 1984 the aircraft was transferred to the RAF as
F-4J(UK) ZE358 of the 74 Squadron. In August 1986 the aircraft was lost when it crashed into a
hillside during low-level training. Unfortunately the crew did not survive.

Specifications for the McDonnell Douglas F-4J Phantom II

Length – 58 ft 3 in
Wingspan – 38 ft 5 in
Height – 16 ft 3 in

Empty – 32,000 lbs
Maximum Takeoff – 56,000 lbs

Maximum Level Speed – Mach 2+
Combat Radius
Intercept – 781 miles
Attack – 868 miles