HA1985 Hobbymaster McDonnell Douglas F-4J Phantom ZE353, No. 74 Sqn., RAF, Wattisham, April 1990

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Hobbymaster 1/72nd scale
McDonnell Douglas F-4J Phantom
No. 74 Sqn.
April 1990

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Hobbymaster 1/72nd scale HA1985 McDonnell Douglas F-4J Phantom ZE353, No. 74 Sqn., RAF, Wattisham, April 1990. Buy online at Flying Tigers.

After the Falklands the RAF had a gap in the Air Defence of GB, with the delay to the new F3 Tornado and the lack of other RAF Phantoms the MOD purchased straight from the New Mexico Desert a Sqn of Ex US Navy F4J. Some of these aircraft still had Battle scars from Vietnam. These were designated F4J (UK) and were rushed into service still sporting basic US Navy colours. These were later painted in due course to RAF air defense grey.

The No. 74 Squadron “Tiger Squadron” existed from 1917 until the 1990s. The Squadron had been reformed at RAF Wattisham in 1984 and operated the F-4J until January 1991. McDonnell Douglas F-4J Phantom ZE-353 was former USN 153785 and was delivered to Wattisham on October 4, 1984. In 1991 74 Squadron exchanged their F-4Js for surplus FGR.2 Phantoms and on February 20, 1991 the aircraft moved to Manston Fire School and was finally scrapped in July 2001. The No. 74 Squadron disbanded in October 1992.

This version of the F4 Phantom came about due to the Falklands War. After the surrender of the Argentine Forces on the Falklands, a larger and faster aircraft was required than the Harrier to provide air defence for the Falklands. The RAF despatched a Squadron of UK Phantoms FGR2 to fill the requirement, but the UK had its NATO commitments, and this means that a RAF Squadron had to be removed from the NATO order of battle. By the early 1980’s no new versions for the British Phantom were been built, so we had to go to the US Military Bone Yard and pick out a Squadron of the newest airframes we could get. These were ex US Navy F4J modified to F4S Spec, and in only two years 74 Squadron Flying Tigers became operational on the Phantom F3, but due to the new Tornado designated for service as the Tornado F3, the Phantoms were generally known as Phantom II F4J(UK). This was only a stop gap arrangement, but it lasted from 1984 to 1992. These were also the fastest Phantoms in UK service and the crews used US Navy flight gear.

The McDonnell Douglas F-4 was the main multipurpose aircraft for the US Military for 20 years. The F-4E variant was an improved version of the C/D with an elongated nose and compact radar. These two things made it possible to install a 20mm M61A1 6 barrel 640 round Vulcan gun pod in the nose. The F-4E was the most produced variant with 1387 aircraft being made over its 12 year production period. The “E” also equipped more air forces than any other variant of the Phantom II.

RRP £75.00

Weight 750 g

Model Type


Historical Era

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Model Code: HA1985

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1/72nd scale Military Jet Aircraft, HobbyMaster Aviation, McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II, Military Aviation, New Models In Stock