McDonnell Douglas F-4E Phantom II – Paper Tiger, 35th TFS, Retterbush MiG 21 Gun Kill, Vietnam 1972Add to compare
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Air Commander 1/72 scale AC1008: McDonnell Douglas F-4E Phantom II of the 35th TFS, 388th TFW, USAF “Paper Tiger”, 1972. Limited edition of only 800 pieces.
Length 10.5 inches Wingspan 6.25 inches
Highly detailed and accurate, the 1/72 scale Phantom features completed landing gear sub-assemblies that snap quickly into place, eliminating the need to attach individual gear doors and struts that are found on similar diecast models. They also feature realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details, pad printed markings and placards that won’t fade or peel like decals, opening canopies revealing detailed cockpit interiors, selected moveable control surfaces, optional extended/retracted landing gear, presentation stand to display the aircraft “in flight”, detailed removeable pilots and crew members, and authentic ordnance loads. Complete with uniquely numbered limited edition card, one of only 800 pieces. These models take 1/72 diecast to a new, previously unseen detail specification. The quantity of minor decals is truly amazing and have to be seen to be appreciated; one for the Phantom nut and true connoisseur!
Major Richard L. Retterbush was the pilot of Finch 3, part of a flight of four Phantoms led by Lt. Col. Lyle Beckers, the squadron commander of the 35th Tactical Fighter Squadron. The 35th TFS was permanently based at Kunsan Air Base, Korea, but was on temporary duty (TDY) at Korat Royal Thai Air Base, Thailand, to assist in Operation Linebacker I. On September 12, 1972, Major Retterbush and Lt Daniel Autrey took down a MiG-21 using the M61A1 20mm automatic gun. Both were awarded the Silver Star for their kill.
Designed as a fleet defence 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.