Hobby Master 1-72 Air Power
HA19001 McDonnell Douglas F-4F Phantom II 37+86, Jubilaumsmaschine 40 Jahre, JG 71 "Richthofen", Wittmund 1999

The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II is a two-seat, supersonic long-range all-weather fighter-bomber. The aircraft was designed as a USN Fleet defense aircraft and entered service in 1961. The F-4 soon became one of the few aircraft to be utilized by the USN, USAF and USMC. The Phantom could carry a varied payload and armament so it was well suited to do just about any job. Because of its large nose and ruggedness the F-4 earned the nickname “Rhino”, along with others that were less flattering. The F-4 went on to serve in no less than 11 other countries. Production ended in 1979 with 5,201 aircraft manufactured in 14 different versions.

McDonnell Douglas produced 175 F-4F Phantom IIs for the West German Air Force with the maiden flight taking place on May 18, 1973. Deliveries of the F-4F began in September 1973 and lasted until April 1976. These aircraft were assigned to two interceptor wings, JG-71 “Richthofen” and JG-74 “Molders” and two ground attack wings, JBG-35 and JBG-36. In 1999 F-4F 37+86 was given a special paint scheme to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of JG-71 “Richthofen”. The colors represent the red of Manfred von Richthofen and the tulip of Erich Hartmann.

F-4F specifications Manufacturer: McDonnell-Douglas
Type: Fighter/Ground Attack
Crew: 2
Dimensions
Height - 5.01 m
Length - 19.40 m
Wing Span - 11.70 m
Weight
Empty - 21,950 kg.
Max T/O weight - 27,300 kg
Performance
Engines – 2 X J79-MTU-17A engines were built under license from General Electric by Motoren-und-Turbinenen-Union Munchen GmBH.
Thrust - 5,308 kg (8,120 kg with A/B)
Max speed - Mach 2.23 @ 12,500 m
Initial Climb Rate - 41,000 ft/min (210 m/s)
Armament
4 x AIM-120A AMRAMM air-to-air missiles
The F-4F originally lacked the capability of carrying nuclear weapons and it could not carry or launch certain air-to-ground missiles such as the Maverick, Shrike, or Walleye.