Armour Collection B11C987 USMC McDonnell F-4 Phantom II Fighter-Bomber - VMFA-321 "Hell's Angels" (1:48 Scale)
"Television brought the brutality of war into the comfort of the living room. Vietnam was lost in the living rooms of America - not on the battlefields of Vietnam."
- Marshal McLuhan
Known as the "MiG Killer," the F-4 Phantom was an unlikely hero given its unique design. Unlike traditionally smaller and sleeker single-seat fighters, the Phantom broke all the rules. It was huge, had bent wings, and a two-man crew, and was one of the first aircraft to carry missile armament. Blasting off the decks of carriers armed to the teeth, the F-4 Phantom was considered the elite fighter-bomber of the Vietnam War, and produced the Navy's only aces of the conflict. Equipped with far-reaching radar, the Phantom was designed to spot bogies from a great distance, and take them out with radar-guided air-to-air missiles like the Sparrow and Sidewinder.
Pictured here is a gorgeous 1:48 scale diecast replica of a F-4 Phantom flown by the US Marine Corps, known as "Hell's Angels". Sold Out!
Wingspan: 9.5 inches
Length: 14.5 inches
Historical Account: "Hell's Angels" - Marine Fighter Squadron 321 was redesignated Marine Fighter Attack Squadron VMFA-321 in December 1973, when it became the first Marine Air Reserve squadron to receive the F-4 Phantom II aircraft. The designation, which remains today, indicated the dual fighter/attack mission. Aircrew and maintenance personnel began preparing for the new aircraft long before its arrival, and on January 15th, 1974, VMFA-321 made its first Phantom flight.
In 1985, VMFA-321 operated twelve F-4S Phantom aircraft and accumulated 12,344 mishap free hours. During the calendar year the squadron flew nearly 3,000 hours in support of a demanding aircrew training program. VMFA-321 was nominated for the Chief of Naval Operations Safety Award.