In February 1963 the USMC received the first nine of the 46 RF-4Bs produced. Assigned the role
of tactical reconnaissance this variant had a lengthened nose to accommodate camera
equipment. There were three separate camera bays, designated Stations 1, 2 and 3. Station 1
could carry a single forward oblique or vertical “KS-87” camera. Station 2 could carry a single
“KA-87” low-altitude camera and Station 3 normally carried a single “KA-55A” or “KA-91” high-
altitude panoramic camera. The aircraft was also equipped with an infrared system. Unlike the
cameras of the Air Force RF-4Cs, the RF-4B cameras were fitted on rotating mounts so that the
pilot could aim them at targets off the flight path. The USMC RF-4Bs were officially retired in
August 1990.

One of the 46 RF-4B built 157344 was BuNo. 3717 and first flew on June 8, 1970. On July 10,
1970 the aircraft was assigned to VMCJ-2 and in 1973 was coded CY-2, CY-1 in July 1974 and
CY-20 in 1975. In 1975 the aircraft was reassigned to VMFP-3 still wearing CY-20 but VMFP-3
markings. In December 1976 it was coded RF-20 and in September 1977 RF-611. On September
27, 1977 the aircraft was written off when one engine caught fire on departure from NAS Atsugi,
Japan. The crew managed to eject safely but the aircraft came down in a residential area killing
three civilians and injuring six others.

Specifications RF-4B Phantom II

Role – Reconnaissance

Number Produced – 46

Length – 58 ft 3 in  (17.7 m)
Height – 16 ft 3 in  (4.9 m)
Wingspan – 38 ft 4 in  (11.6 m)
Wing Area – 530 sq ft  (49.2 sq m)

Engines – 2 X General Electric J79-GE-8 10,800 lb thrust  (4,943 kg)
Range – 1,610 miles  (2,592 km)
Cruise – 575 mph  (925 km/h)
Maximum – 1,485 mph  (2,391 km/h)
Rate of Climb – 40,800 ft/min  (12,435 m/min)
Ceiling – 62,000 ft  (18,897 m)

Empty – 27,897lb
Gross – 43, 907lb
Maximum – 54,600lb

Armament – none, only cameras
Hobby Master 1/72 Air Power Series
McDonnell Douglas RF- 4B
BuNo. 157344, VMCJ-2 "Playboys"
MCAS Cherry Point, 1975
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

Canopies can be displayed open or closed

Crew figures

Extremely heavy metal with a minimum of plastic

Highly collectable
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