Hobby Master HA1989 1/72 Scale Douglas F-4E Phantom II S/N 67-0309, JV 305, “EL TORO BRAVO”, 469th TFS, 388th TFW, USAF
Korat RTAFB, late 1960s – early 1970s.
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.
Hobby Master HA1989 – 1/72 Scale F-4E Phantom II Diecast Model.
Hobby Master HA1989 is a 1/72 scale diecast model of the McDonnell Douglas F-4E Phantom II. In the colour scheme and markings of Phantom II S/N 67-0309, tail code JV 305, “EL TORO BRAVO” of the 469th TFS, 388th TFW, USAF. Assigned to Lt Col Erickson and 1Lt Williams. Neither they or the jet were official MiG killers; therefore the star on the splitter plate was either a disallowed claim or a ‘carry over’ from a previous crew.
469th TFS, USAF.
The 469th TFS is now the 469th Flying Training Squadron, part of the 80th FTW, based at Sheppard AFB, Texas. It currently operates the Northrop T-38 Talon.
Formed as the 469th Bombardment Squadron in 1942, training B-24 replacement pilots and aircrew. Disbanded in 1944. Reactivated in 1952 as an Air Defense Command Fighter-Interceptor squadron during the Korean War. Inactivated in January 1958. Reformed as the 469th Tactical Fighter Squadron on 13 April 1962. The 469th TFS deployed to Korat RTAFB, Thailand in November 1965 with the F-105 Thunderchief and in 1968 the F-4 Phantom II. Disbanded in October 1972 and again reactivated in April 2009 as the 469th Flying Training Squadron at Sheppard AFB, Texas.
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.
- Ordnance: (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-4E Phantom II.
A USAF variant and most numerous, first flight occurred on August 1, 1965. Powered by the J79-GE-17 Turbojets and later smokeless J79-GE-17C or -17E engines. The F-4E used the RF-4C elongated nose with an integral M61 Vulcan cannon. Adopted the smaller cross-section AN/APQ-120 radar to accommodate the M61. Later aircraft had leading-edge slats for improved maneuverability, and AGM-65 Maverick capability added.
- Maximum speed: Mach 2.23, 2,370 km/h (1,473 mph).
- Cruise speed: 919 km/h (584 mph).
- MTOW: 28,030 kg (61,795 lb).
- Combat range: 680 km (423 miles).
- Ferry range: 2,6993 km (1,677 km).
- Service ceiling: 18,288 m (60,000 ft).
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Hobby Master HA1989 – 1/72 Scale McDonnell Douglas F-4E Phantom II Diecast Model Aircraft. S/N 67-0309, JV 305, “EL TORO BRAVO”, 469th TFS, 388th TFW, USAF, Korat RTAFB.