Air Commander AC1009 1/72 Scale McDonnell Douglas F-4B Phantom II AG 200, VF-84 Jolly Rogers, USN
CVW-7, USS Independence (CVA-62), Gulf of Tonkin, 1965.
Diecast Model Dimensions:
- Wingspan 16.3 cm 6.40 in Approx.
- Length 26.6 cm 10.50 in Approx.
Diecast Model Features Include:
- Constructed with metal and plastic components.
- Canopy displayable open or closed.
- Undercarriage displayable extended or retracted.
- Display stand included.
Air Commander AC1009 – 1/72 Scale F-4B Phantom II Diecast Model.
Air Commander AC1009 is a 1/72 scale diecast model of the McDonnell Douglas F-4B Phantom II. In the colour scheme and markings of AG 200 of VF-84, US Navy. Deployed with CVW-7 aboard USS Independence (CVA-62), stationed in the Gulf of Tonkin in 1965 during the Vietnam War.
VF-84 “Jolly Rogers”.
VF-84 “Jolly Rogers” was a fighter squadron of the United States Navy, based at NAS Oceana, Virginia Beach, Virginia. Established as VA-86 on July 1, 1955, and immediately redesignated as VF-84 flying the FJ-3 Fury. The third US Navy squadron to use VF-84. Initially known as the “Vagabonds”, changing their name to “Jolly Rogers” in 1960. VF-84 received their first F-4 Phantom II in 1964 and at various times operated the F-4B, F-4J and the F-4N. Transitioned to the F-14 Tomcat in early 1976 and disestablished on October 1, 1995.
McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II.
The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II is an American all-weather, long-range supersonic interceptor fighter-bomber. Later developed for the reconnaissance and Wild Weasel (Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses) roles. Designed for the US Navy but also served with US Air Force and US Marine Corps. The first flight occurred on May 27, 1958, and entered service on December 30, 1960, with VF-121 “Pacemakers”. Designed as an interceptor and strike aircraft, it lacked the agility of Soviet opponents. The Phantom II set 15 world records including absolute speed and altitude records.
The F-4 saw combat with United States military during the Vietnam War and Operation Desert Storm. Also with Israel and Iran during regional conflicts. The US military began to replace the F-4 during the 1980s. Reconnaissance and Wild Weasel variants remained in USAF service until 1996.
The fuselage is an all-metal semi-monocoque structure of steel and titanium. The two-seat tandem cockpit has individual canopies. The crew consisted of pilot, front seat and a rear Weapon systems officer (WSO) (US Air Force) or radar intercept officer (RIO) (US Navy). A retractable air to air refuelling probe is on the starboard side of the fuselage alongside the cockpit.
The wings are of cantilever design, mounted low on the fuselage with 45° leading-edges sweep-back. The inner panels have 0° dihedral and outer panels 12°. The wing centre section and inner wings are a single piece. Outer panels fold for storage. Wing spars and some ribs are titanium forgings. The wing skins are machined aluminium panels. The trailing edge is a one-piece aluminium honeycomb structure.
The outer panels extend forward, creating a distinctive “Dogtooth”, to help prevent wingtip airflow separation. The ailerons are flap-like under-wing surfaces (flaperons), outboard of the main flaps, that only move downward. Used in conjunction with wing spoilers to provided roll control and at low speeds interconnect with rudder. The “boundary layer control (BLC)” or “blown flaps” and ailerons are of metal and aluminium honeycomb construction.
The tail unit is a cantilever all-metal structure. The one-piece all-moving tailplane (stabilator) has 23º of anhedral to help prevent deep stalls. Ribs and stringers are steel with titanium skin with trailing-edges of steel honeycomb construction. The tail-cone contains a brake-chute.
The undercarriage is retractable tricycle type with twin wheels on the nose and a single on each of the main units. The nose oleo length is pneumatically adjustable to improve the angle of attack on take-off.
The F-4 used two General Electric J79 afterburning turbojet engines with variable area inlet ducts. Early engines produced a significant amount of smoke. The introduction of the J79−10A on the F-4S with a smokeless combustor addressed this problem.
Guns: In line with the doctrine of the time, the design of the F-4 did not include an internal cannon. By 1965 USAF F-4Cs carried a UU-16 external gun pod containing a 20 mm (.79 in) M61A1 Vulcan Gatling cannon. The -E variant had the M61 Vulcan cannon mounted internally in the nose.
Hardpoints: The F-4 has nine external hard-points able to carry up to 7,250 kg (16,000 lb) of payload. Four semi-recessed under the fuselage, two under each wing, one under fuselage on centre-line.
Ordinance: (Depending on variant) AIM-7 Sparrow, AIM-9 Sidewinder air to air missiles, air to ground missiles. Bombs include guided, unguided, nuclear and cluster. 70mm (2.5 in) rocket launchers. Pods consisted of flare dispenser, ECM, Pave Spike Targeting, countermeasures, camera, chaff dispenser and cargo pod and up to three drop tanks.
F-4B Phantom II.
An all-weather carrier-based fighter and ground-attack variant for the US Navy and Marine Corps.
- Maximum speed: 2,390 km/h (1,485 mph).
- Cruise speed: 934 km/h (580 mph).
- MTOW: 24,766 kg (54,600 lb).
- Combat range: 644 km (400 miles).
- Ferry range: 3,701 km (2,300 mi).
- Service ceiling: 18,898 m (62,000 ft).
- McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II.
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Air Commander AC1009 – 1/72 Scale McDonnell Douglas F-4B Phantom II Diecast Model Aircraft. AG 200, VF-84 Jolly Rogers, US Navy, CVW-7, USS Independence (CVA-62), Gulf of Tonkin, 1965.