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Hobby Master F-4 Phantom VF-14 Tophatters USS John F. Kennedy 1972 HA1970

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Hobby Master McDonnell Douglas F-4B Phantom II BuNo 152292 VF-14 Tophatters  USS John F. Kennedy,1972, 1/72 diecast metal and plastic parts. Fully assembled. HA1970

The F-4J was the last version produced for the USN and USMC. The “J” version was basically an upgraded “B” version with new radar and avionics as well as a better engine that required a longer afterburner nozzle. One of the most noticeable changes to the “J” version is what isn’t there; the infrared seeker under the nose was deleted. Also missing was an internal gun but Sparrow and Sidewinder missiles were used for intercepting. Between 1966 and 1972 there were 522 F-4Js built. The F-4J had the distinction of scoring the only USMC air-to-air combat victory in Vietnam and it also was the last US operational aircraft in South East Asia. In mid 1970 the F-4 Phantom II was being replaced by the new and improved F-14 Tomcat.

From December 1, 1971 until October 6, 1972 VF-14 “Tophatters” were assigned to the USS John F. Kennedy aircraft carrier  and spent this time on a North Atlantic and Mediterranean deployment “Exercise Strong Express”. McDonnell Douglas F-4B Phantom II 152292 AB101 was assigned to Commander Ted Kujawski and Lieutenant S. Kraswieski and later was upgraded to an F-4N. In January 1974 the VF-14 F-4s were replaced by the new F-14 so in 1978  F-4 152292 was sent to be scrapped.

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