One of the most famous and easily recognized fighter aircraft of the post-WWII era was the
McDonnell F-4 Phantom II. This aircraft was developed as a private venture by the aircraft
company but was soon ordered by the USN as a carrier-based attack aircraft. Its first flight took
place on May 27, 1958 and it entered active service in December 1960. It wasn’t long after the
F-4B appeared that a fly-off was set up with USAF front-line fighters. It was no contest, the F-4
performed so well that the USAF ordered their own variant, the F-4C. As time went on, the F-4
evolved into well over a dozen variants.



In 1971 VF-111 “Sundowners” transitioned to the F-4B Phantom II. On March 6, 1972 F-4B Bu.
No 153019 – 201 was operating from the USS Coral Sea using the call-sign “Old Nick 201”.
The aircraft was assigned to CDR Bob Pearl and Lt. Gil Sliney but this day Lt. Gary Weigand
and Lt(jg) Bill Freckleton were at the controls when they encountered a MiG-17 over the Gulf of
Tonkin and destroyed it with an AIM-9D making this F-4B a MiG killer. The “Sundowners” later
transitioned to the F-4N variant. Aircraft, F-4B, NL 201, Bu.No. 153019 was restored to the
original paint scheme by one of the later VF-111 squadrons. “Old Nick 201” is perched on a
pedestal just inside the main gate at NAS Key West, Florida.

Specification of the F-4B Phantom II
Number of “B” variant built for USN and USMC - 649
Engines – 2 x General Electric J79-GE-8A/-8B/-8C turbojets, 10,900 lb.s.t. dry, 17,000 lb.s.t.
with afterburner
Performance
Maximum speed
@ Sea level - 845 mph
@ 48,000 ft - 1,485 mph
Initial climb rate - 28,000 fpm
Service ceiling - 62,000 ft
Combat ceiling - 56,850 ft.
Combat range
Normal - 400 miles
Maximum range – 2,300 miles with maximum fuel load
Weights
Empty - 28,000 pounds
Gross - 44,600 pounds
Combat - 38,500 pounds
Maximum take-off - 54,600 pounds
Dimensions
Wingspan - 38 ft 5 in
Wing area - 530 sq. ft
Length - 58 ft 3.75 in
Height - 16 ft 3 in
Fuel
Maximum fuel load
Internal in fuselage – 1,358 U.S. Gallons
Internal in wings – 630 U.S. Gallons
Total external fuel load – 1,988 U.S. Gallons
Maximum external fuel load
In center-line tank under the fuselage - 600 U.S. Gallons
In 2 x under-wing tanks - 740 U.S. Gallons
Combined fuel load – 3,328 U.S. Gallons
Armament
4 x AIM-7D or -7E Sparrow semi-active radar homing missiles in under-fuselage recesses
Inner under-wing pylons could each accommodate an additional Sparrow or a pair of AIM-9
Sidewinder infrared homing missiles
In ground attack mode, could carry up to 16,000 pounds of ordnance on centerline pylon
underneath the fuselage and on four under-wing hard-points
Hobby Master 1/72 Air Power Series
HA1960
McDonnell Douglas F- 4B
BuNo 153019, VF-111 "Sundowners"
CVW-15, USS Coral Sea, 1972
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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