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New release due this week Hobby Master HA19020 F-4EJ Phantom 17-8301, JASDF “First Japan Phantom”

New release due in stock this week from Hobby Master HA19020 F-4EJ Phantom 17-8301, JASDF “First Japan Phantom”. This 1:72 scale model is priced at £68.95.

One of the most famous and easily recognized fighter aircraft of the post-WWII era was the McDonnell F-4 Phantom II. This aircraft was developed as a private venture by the aircraft company but was soon ordered by the USN as a carrier-based attack aircraft. Its first flight took place on May 27, 1958 and it entered active service in December 1960. It wasn’t long after the F-4B appeared that a fly-off was set up with USAF front-line fighters. It was no contest, the F-4 performed so well that the USAF ordered their own variant, the F-4C. As time went on, the F-4 evolved into well over a dozen variants.

In November 1968 the JASDF ordered the F-4EJ Phantom. The first two aircraft, 17-8301 and 17-8302 were built by McDonnell Douglas with eleven others being assembled by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries from parts manufactured and shipped from the U.S.. The first of 140 Phantoms was handed over to the JASDF in August 1972 and the last aircraft was received on May 20, 1981. These aircraft equipped six squadrons. F-4EJ 17-8301 was sent to the Air Proving Wing (APW) that in 1989 became the Air Development and Test Wing (ADTW).

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