McDonnell Douglas F-4J Phantom II – VMFA-212 Lancers, US Marine Corps 1970s
2 in stock
2 in stock
Hobby Master 1/72 scale HA1997: McDonnell Douglas F-4J Phantom serial 155890, VMFA-212 Lancers, USMC, circa 1970s. Production run of only 500 models.
Length 9.75 inches. Wingspan 6.25 inches
McDonnell Douglas F-4J Bu.No 155890 served with VF-143 “Pukin’ Dogs” as NK-114 in 1969 into 1970 before transferring to VF-21 “Freelancers” as NE-106 later that year. In 1977 155890 went to VMFA-212 “Lancers” as WD-10. In early 1965 and again in 1972 VMFA-212 deployed to Vietnam returning to Hawaii both times. From 1974 until 1987 operated from Japan before retiring their F-4s for the new F/A-18C “Hornet”. In 1985 155890 moved to VMFA-251 “Thunderbolts” DW-05 but in 1987 it was retired and displayed at the Estrella Warbirds in California as VMFA-333 “Shamrocks”.
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.