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33218 Corgi   F-4D Phantom 11 - 78th TFW, Woodbridge, UK (2,540 ONLY) £
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  McDonnell Douglas F-4D Phantom 11 in the superb livery of the 78th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 81st Tactical Fighter Wing, RAF Woodbridge, Suffolk in 1970. Limited edition of only 2,540 pieces, COMPLETE WITH UNIQUELY NUMBERED CERTIFICATE. Displays superbly, has to be seen to be appreciated. Now hard to find.

The F-4 Phantom was designed to meet a US Navy requirement for a fleet air defense fighter to counter the threat posed by fast long-range Soviet bombers. McDonnell's design used twin engines to give high supersonic speed, large internal fuel capacity for long range, and powerful radar and radar-guided missiles. The US Air Force also ordered the F-4 in 1962. With over 2,800 delivered, the US Air Force was the biggest user of the F-4, the Navy and Marine Corps taking over 1,200. They were in action in Vietnam from 1965 to 1973 in fighter, bomber, photo-reconnaissance and electronic counter measure roles. As part of its commitment to NATO, the 81st Tactical Fighter Wing was based at RAF Bentwaters, Suffolk and flew the F-101A/C Voodoo in the tactical fighter bomber role between 1958 and 1966. In late 1965, the Wing began to replace its former mounts with the F-4C Phantom within the 78th, 91st and 92nd Tactical Fighter Squadrons. The conversion process was completed in April 1966. Of this Wing, the 91st with 'WS' (blue fin top) and 92nd 'WT' (yellow fin top), whilst the 78th TFS was based at nearby Woodbridge and replaced their F-4Cs with 'D' models, which wore 'WR' tail codes 9red fin top) including 65-0736 depicted by this model. In 1972, the 81st centralized this system with 'WR' codes for all their aircraft. On 24th August 1978, the 81st TFW started converting to the A-10A, with bulk deliveries starting during January 1979, the F-4 Phantoms returning to the USA for second-line duties.

Designed as a fleet defense fighter for the US Navy, the F-4 Phantom was first flown on May 27, 1958. This twin-engine, long-range all-weather fighter/bomber proved highly adaptable and served in the Marine Corps and the US Air Force as well as in the Navy. During the Vietnam War, it was the principal air superiority fighter for the Navy and the Air Force and was also used for reconnaissance and ground attack. The Phantom continued to serve well into the 1970s and 1980s and even flew missions during the first Gulf War. Finally phased out by the F-14, F-16 and F/A-18, the Phantom was retired in 1996.
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Corgi aviation archive general information

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The Corgi Aviation Archive features a vast selection of diecast model airplanes in 1:144, 1:72, 1:48 and 1:32 scales and has become the standard by which all other ranges are judged. Each Corgi model is based on a specific aircraft from an important historical or modern era of flight, and has been authentically detailed from original documents and archival material. Subject aircraft in the Aviation Archive appeal to all aviation enthusiasts and every diecast model airplane includes such features as:

  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals.
  • Interchangeable landing gear with rotating wheels.
  • Poseable presention stand to display the aircraft "in flight".
  • Many limited editions with numbered certificate of authenticity.
  • Detailed pilots and crew members (1:72/1:32).
  • Authentic detachable ordnance loads complete with placards (1:72/1:32).
  • Selected interchangeable features such as airbrakes, opened canopies and access panels (1:72/1:32).
  • Selected moving parts such as gun turrets, control surfaces and swing-wings (1:72/1:32).
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