McDonnell Douglas F-4J Phantom II – VX-4 Evaluators, US Navy, NAS Point Magu, CA, US Bicentennial 1976
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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale AA33206: McDonnell Douglas F-4J Phantom II of VX-4 Evaluators, US Navy based at NAS Point Magu, CA, US Bicentennial 1976
Non limited model
Length 10.5 inches Wingspan 6.25 inches
Air Development Squadron Four (VX-4) is the United States Navy’s Operational Test and Evaluation Unit, based at Point Mugu, California, and flew the Phantom to conduct evaluations and investigations of aircraft weapon systems and support system equipment under operational environment conditions, and to develop tactics and doctrines for their use. To commemorate the United States’ 200th or Bicentennial Anniversary in 1976, the US Navy chose F-4J Phantom, 153088, to be repainted in November 1975 in this striking American flag scheme, in time for the celebrations the following year. The model faithfully depicts that special scheme, complete without serial number or designation painted on the aircraft.
Designed as a fleet defense fighter for the US Navy, the F-4 Phantom was first flown on May 27, 1958. This twin-engine, long-range all-weather fighter/bomber proved highly adaptable and served in the Marine Corps and the US Air Force as well as in the Navy. During the Vietnam War, it was the principal air superiority fighter for the Navy and the Air Force and was also used for reconnaissance and ground attack. The Phantom continued to serve well into the 1970s and 1980s and even flew missions during the first Gulf War. Finally phased out by the F-14, F-16 and F/A-18, the Phantom was retired in 1996.