Hobby Master 1:72 Air Power Series Diecast Model
McDonnell Douglas F-4E Phantom II – 68-0339, “Chico the Gunfighter”, 366th TFW, USAF, Da Nang, South Vietnam, 1972
1:72 Scale. Length: 9.75". Wingspan: 6.25"
In 1969 the US Air Force 366th TFW included two squadrons equipped with the F-4E Phantom whose missions included aircraft escorts and ground attack. The 366th TFW became known as the “Gunfighters” because of the addition of 20mm Gatling gun pods to their earlier F-4Cs. F-4E 68-0339 from the 366th TFW, 421st TFS, “Black Widows”, was modified to carry a pair of Navy Mk 20 Rockeye II Cluster Bombs on each inboard station; one ALQ-87 ECM pod carried in the right front missile bay; two AIM-7 Sparrow radar missiles in aft wells; one 600-gallon centerline drop tank and an SUU-23/A Gun Pod.Realistic panel lines
Detailed cockpit with crew figures
Historically accurate printed markings
Removable weapons and/or fuel tanks
Optional extended landing gear
Operating alone near the DMZ this heavily armed free-roaming aircraft would attack any enemy targets of opportunity. When operational this F-4E used the call sign “Chico”, alerting Forward Air Control (FAC) aircraft that it was on the prowl and available to assist if needed. F-4 68-0339 became known as "Chico the Gunfighter". It was the only U.S. Air Force F-4 Phantom modified to carry out these special missions and only five pilots ever flew it.
The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom is a two-seat, twin-engine supersonic jet fighter originally developed for the US Navy. Proving highly adaptable, it became a major part of the air wings of the US Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force. The F-4 Phantom was used extensively by all three of these services in the Vietnam War, serving as the principal fighter/bomber for the U.S. Navy and Air Force, as well as being important in the ground-attack and air reconnaissance roles. F-4 production ran from 1958 until 1981, with a total of 5,195 built.
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Category: Hobby Master 1:72 Military Aircraft Models
This model is an adult collectible and not suitable for children under 14 years of age.