Hobby Master 1/72 Air Power Series
McDonnell-Douglas F- 4D Phantom II
432 TRW, 555th TFS, Vietnam, 1972, Steve Ritchie
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
In 1972 during his second tour of the Vietnam War Steve Ritchie was assigned to the
famed 555th “Triple Nickel” Tactical Fighter Squadron. Flying an F-4D with his RIO Capt.
Charles DeBellevue he shot down 5 Migs making him the only USAF jet fighter pilot Ace
in the Vietnam War. By the end of his tour Ritchie had flown 339 combat-missions and
logged 800 flight hours. Ritchie was awarded the Air Force Cross, four Silver Stars, ten
DFC’s and 25 Air Medals. He retired from the USAF in 1999 as Brigadier General.

The F-4D was an improved “C” variant with most improvements being internal electronics
and avionics. The F-4D entered operational service in April 1966 and joined the combat
forces in Southeast Asia in May 1967. With the arrival of the “D” most of the “C” variant
were reassigned to ground attack with the “D”s taking on the air-to-air interceptor role. In
1968 – 1969 a total of 825 “D” models were produced 793 for the USAF and 32 for the
Iranian Air Force.
432nd TRW Motto:
"Victory Through
Their mission -  
Specifications McDonnell-Douglas F-4D Phantom II

Type – Fighter

Entered Operational Service - April 1966

Crew - 2

Length - 62 ft. 10 in. (18.9 m)
Height - 16 ft. 6 in. (5.03 m)
Wingspan - 38 ft. 5 in. (11.71 m)
Wing area - 530 sq ft.  (49.23 sq m)

Empty Weight - 28,276 lbs  (12,823 kg)
Gross Weight - 50,341 lbs  (22,830 kg)
Max Weight - 58,000 lbs  (26,303 kg)

Engines - 2 X General Electric J79-GE-17 turbojets
Dry - 11,870 lb. st
With Afterburners - 17,900 lb. st

Fuel load
Total - 3,230 US gallons  (12,226 l)
Maximum internal
Internal fuselage tanks - 1,260 gallons  (4,769 l)
Internal wing tanks - 630 gallons  (2,384 l)
Maximum external
600 US gallon (2,271 l) centerline tank
2 - 370 US gallon (1,400 l) tanks under each wing on the outer pylons.

Range - 1375 mi (2,214 km)
Cruise Speed - 587 mph (945 kph) (510.81 kt)
Max Speed
@ 42,000 ft - 1,432 mph (2,304.5 kph) (12,801 m) (Mach 2.17)
@ Sea Level - 826 mph (1,329.3 kph) (Mach 1.08)
Landing speed - 165 mph (265.5 kph)
Initial rate of climb - 40,100 fpm (12,222.5 m/min)
Maximum rate of climb - 48,300 fpm (14,721.1 m/min)
Ceiling - 59,400 ft (18,104 m)
Combat range - 502 miles (807.9 km)
Maximum range - 1,844 miles (2,967.6 km) with maximum external fuel.

(4) Aim-7D or (4) Aim-7E Sparrow missiles semi-recessed on slots in the fuselage belly
+ up to (4) Aim-9 Sidewinder missiles on the inboard pylons or up to (18) x 750 lb
(340 kg) bombs for a maximum offensive load of 16,000 lbs (7,257.48 kg)
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