Ranking among the most legendary fighters in history, the F-4 Phantom II entered service in late 1960. During its career, it set a number of speed and altitude records, able to reach a top speed of Mach 2.2. The aircraft was also well-armed, carrying up to 18,000 pounds of weaponry. It was used extensively during the Vietnam War where five F-4 crew members (pilots, WSOs, and RIOs) attained ace status. Beginning in the 1980s, it was gradually replaced by more modern aircraft such as the F-14 Tomcat and F-15 Eagle. The warplane has also seen extensive service internationally.
Part of Air Force 1's Smithsonian Series, this 1/144 scale, die cast model is a reproduction of an F-4C Phantom II flown by prolific ace Robin Olds during Operation Bolo in Vietnam. It features engraved surface details, a glazed canopy, a well-equipped cockpit, authentic 8th TFW markings, and an all-metal display stand. Measures approximately 5¼" long with a 3" wingspan.