The F-4 was used extensively during the Vietnam War. It served as the principal air superiority fighter for the U.S. Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps and became important in the ground-attack and aerial reconnaissance roles late in the war. During the Vietnam War, one U.S. Air Force pilot, two weapon systems officers (WSOs), one U.S. Navy pilot and one radar intercept officer (RIO) became aces by achieving five aerial kills against enemy fighter aircraft. The F-4 continued to form a major part of U.S. military air power throughout the 1970s and 1980s, being gradually replaced by more modern aircraft such as the F-15 Eagle and F-16 Fighting Falcon in the U.S. Air Force, the F-14 Tomcat in the U.S. Navy, and the F/A-18 Hornet in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps.
Striking replica of the McDonnell Douglas, two seat, twin engine, all weather, supersonic jet has been reproduced with impressive attention to realism.
It begins with authentic cockpit and ejection seat detailing. The model’s exterior features accurate main gear wells and a set of wheels and tires that are molded separately for hassle-free finishing.
Realism is reinforced with positionable rudder and speed brakes. The canopies can be built open or closed. Attention to the little things can be seen in the optional boarding ladder and included crew figures.
Among the kit’s weapons are the AIM-9B Sidewinder and AIM-7D/E Sparrow missiles. There are also well contoured reproductions of the aircraft’s unique external wing and centerline fuel tanks. One set of aircraft markings are in the kit, and those are for Colonel Robin Olds, a fighter ace and a legendary wing commander in Vietnam. A set of stencils and markings for weapons are included as well.