Hobby Master 1/72 Air Power Series
McDonnell Douglas F-4J Phantom II
157299, VF-103 "Sluggers', USS Saratoga, 1971
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.

VF-103 was activated in 1952 and from 1953 until 1957 they were the “Flying Cougars” before
becoming the “Sluggers”. In 1965 VF-103 received the F-4B which they flew until 1968 when the
F-4J arrived. VF-103 deployed 15 times on board USS Saratoga and in 1971 sailed to the
Mediterranean. In 1972 F-4J 157299 scored a victory over a MiG-21 and in 1976 was transferred
to VF-11 “Red Rippers” where it was lost in 1977. Late in 1995 VF-84 “Jolly Rogers” was
decommissioned so to keep the name alive VF-103 adopted the name “Jolly Rogers”.

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