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F-4D Phantom II USAF 432rd TRW, 555th TFS Triple Nickel, Signed by Steve Ritchie 

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Hobby Master 1:72 HA1973
F-4D Phantom II USAF 432rd TRW, 555th TFS Triple Nickel, Signed by Steve Ritchie

Historical Note:


** Hand signed, signature edition by Steve Ritchie! LIMITED TO 800 PIECES WORLDWIDE.


The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II is a tandem two-seat, twin-engine, all-weather, long-range supersonic jet interceptor aircraft/fighter-bomber originally developed for the United States Navy by McDonnell Aircraft. It first entered service in 1960 with the U.S. Navy. Proving highly adaptable, it was also adopted by the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Air Force, and by the mid-1960s had become a major part of their respective air wings.

The Phantom is a large fighter with a top speed of over Mach 2.2. It can carry more than 18,000 pounds (8,400 kg) of weapons on nine external hardpoints, including air-to-air missiles, air-to-ground missiles, and various bombs. The F-4, like other interceptors of its time, was designed without an internal cannon. Later models incorporated an M61 Vulcan rotary cannon. Beginning in 1959, it set 15 world records for in-flight performance, including an absolute speed record, and an absolute altitude record.

During the Vietnam War, the F-4 was used extensively; it served as the principal air superiority fighter for both the Navy and Air Force, and became important in the ground-attack and aerial reconnaissance roles late in the war. The Phantom has the distinction of being the last U.S. fighter flown to attain ace status in the 20th century. During the Vietnam War, the U.S. Air Force had one pilot and two weapon systems officers (WSOs), and the US Navy had one pilot and one radar intercept officer (RIO) become aces by achieving five aerial kills against enemy fighter aircraft. The F-4 continued to form a major part of U.S. military air power throughout the 1970s and 1980s, being gradually replaced by more modern aircraft such as the F-15 Eagle and F-16 in the U.S. Air Force, the Grumman F-14 Tomcat in the U.S. Navy, and the F/A-18 Hornet in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps.

About Steve Ritchie:

steve-ritchie.jpgBrigadier General Richard Stephen "Steve" Ritchie (born June 25, 1942 in Reidsville, North Carolina) was an officer in the United States Air Force and the Colorado Air National Guard, and a general officer in the Air Force Reserve. Ritchie joined Navy Commander Randy Cunningham as the only two pilots (along with three airborne weapons officers) among the five American aces during the Vietnam War. Ritchie is a recipient of the Air Force Cross, the second highest military decoration that can be awarded to a member of the United States Air Force.

Info: F-4D Phantom II USAF 432rd TRW, 555th TFS Triple Nickel, Hand Signed by Steve Ritchie

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F4 Phantom starting engines and taxiing out for take off in Cleveland, Ohio during the 2011 Cleveland Air Show. The plane was on the ramp with the Thunderbirds at CLE during the weekend and this video was when it was departing for practice.
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  1. Stunning Phantom 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 21st Aug 2020

    Wonderful addition to my collection of US jet aircraft diecast models.

  2. Awesome 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 13th Aug 2020

    Awesome, awesome, awesome, very pleased. This is top of the line quality.

  3. Great model! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 11th Aug 2020

    Very nice well detailed model you'll be hard pressed to find anything better in this scale.

  4. Awesome F-4 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 13th May 2019

    Easily the best 1/72 F-4 model on the market.

  5. A real piece of aviation history 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 26th Jan 2017

    The story of Captain Richie was well known throughout the military aviation community back in 1972. It didn't receive the fanfare it should have on the national scene. For this reason I purchased this wonderful piece of history to display and share with others. The details are superb on this model. I keep it parked next to Commander Cunningham's F-4. Both are HM best products. Thank you Aiken for the great service you have provided.