Hobby Master 1/72 Air Power Series
McDonnell Douglas F-4S Phantom II
BuNo 155749 VF-301 "Devil's Disciples", 1984
True 1/72 scale
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
Extremely heavy metal with a minimum of plastic
Pilot figures included
The F-4J was the last version produced for the USN and USMC. The J version was basically
an upgraded B version with new radar and avionics as well as a better engine that required a
longer afterburner nozzle. One of the most noticeable changes to the J version is what isnât
there; the infrared seeker under the nose was deleted. Also missing was an internal gun but
Sparrow and Sidewinder missiles were used for intercepting.
Between 1966 and 1972 there were 522 F-4Js built.
The F-4J had the distinction of scoring the only USMC air-to-air combat victory in
Vietnam and it also was the last US operational aircraft in South East Asia.
In mid 1970 the F-4 Phantom II was being replaced by the new and improved F-14 Tomcat.
On May 10, 1972 VF-96 McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II 155749 was still a J variant and
credited with a MiG-17 kill. In 1979 the aircraft was converted to an S variant, one of the first 43
converted J that did not receive the leading edge slats but were later added. The aircraft spent
time with VMFA-235 before retiring and conversion to a manned target drone. 155749 belonged
to the VF-301 (reserve) Devils Disciples. On April 20, 2002 during an air show at NAS Pt. Mugu
the F-4S crashed killing the crew.
The designation for the F-4J upgrade was F-4S, the upgrade for the F-4B was F-4N both involved
New electrical wiring
New hydraulic systems with stainless steel tubing
New smokeless engines
Engines: 2 X General Electric J79-GE-8B/8C/10 turbojets, 11,870 lb.s.t dry, 17,900 lb. s.t. with
afterburner. (lb.s.t. - Pounds Static Thrust)
Maximum speed: 1,584 mph at 48,000 ft. (Mach 2.4), 875 mph at sea level (Mach 1.15)
Initial climb rate: 41,250 fpm.
Service ceiling: 70,000 ft.
Combat ceiling: 54,700 ft.
Combat range: 596 miles, maximum range 1,956 miles with maximum external fuel.
30,770 lbs empty.
46,833 lbs gross.
41,399 lbs combat weight.
Wingspan: 38 ft. 5 in.
Wing area: 530 square ft.
Length: 58 ft. 3.75 in.
Height: 16 ft. 3 in.
Maximum internal fuel: in fuselage tanks 1,347 US gal.
Internal wing tanks: 630 gal.
Maximum external fuel: 3,317 US gal.
600 US gal in a centerline tank, 370 US gal in each of two tanks that could be carried underneath
the outer under wing pylons.
4 X AIM-7 Sparrow semi-active radar homing air-to-air missiles in semi-recessed slots in the
2 X to 4 AIM-9 Sidewinder infra-red homing air-to-air missiles carried under the wings on the
Maximum offensive load of up to 16,000 lbs carried on the center line and 4 under wing hard