McDonnell Douglas RF-4E Phantom II – 488, 119 Bat Sqn Israeli Air Force 1971
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Hobby Master 1/72 scale HA1959: RF-4E Phantom II serial 488 of 119 “Bat” Squadron, Israeli Air Force 1971. Production run of 1,000 models.
Length 9.75 inches Wingspan 6.25 inches
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the new in flight refuelling probe (IFP), not previously seen on an original HM Phantom, and HM not wanting to alter the box or the tooling the IFP will have to be glued in place. We recommend using non-permanent glue such as water based white PVA glue, or even a little blue tack. Box lid is not perfect with a few light edge scuffs and a small crease on the right edge. Model is new
The IDF received RF-4E Phantom II ex-USAF 69-7594 c/n 4080 as part of Operation Peace Echo I with aircraft delivery beginning in 1969. The aircraft was with the 119 “Bat” Squadron and originally as 198 but in 1976 was when the new F-4E(S) arrived it was re-registered as 488. On January 7, 1971 the 199 Squadron received the first of their real RF-4Es with the first operational flight taking place on March 9, 1971 over Jordan. In 1976 the 119th transferred its RF-4Es to the 69 “The Hammers” Squadron.
The McDonnell Douglas F-4 was the main multipurpose aircraft for the US Military for 20 years. The F-4E variant was an improved version of the C/D with an elongated nose and compact radar. These two things made it possible to install a 20mm M61A1 6 barrel 640 round Vulcan gun pod in the nose. The F-4E was the most produced variant with 1387 aircraft being made over its 12 year production period. The “E” also equipped more air forces than any other variant of the Phantom II.