McDonnell Douglas Phantom FG.1

McDonnell Douglas Phantom FG.1

Without doubt, the Phantoms of the Fleet Air Arm were some of the most iconic aircraft of the Cold War era.

As one of the most successful jet aircraft of all time, the American McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom was to see service with a number of overseas air arms, with Britain being a significant operator. Originally purchased by the Royal Navy as a modern replacement for their De Havilland Sea Vixens, Fleet Air Arm Phantoms would have the primary role of defending the fleet at all times and in all weather, with a secondary role of strike attack. Designated Phantom FG.1, these Navy jets certainly made for an impressive sight and were some of the most attractive aircraft ever to serve with Britain’s armed forces. Operating this huge aircraft from the relatively diminutive deck of HMS Ark Royal required a number of significant modifications to these Phantoms, as well as to the ship itself – they would also require the very cream of Britain’s fast jet pilots to operate these fighters successfully.

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Airfix Series (first appearance) 6
First Issued 2017
Catalogue Ref - 2017 Edition A06016
Catalogue Ref - 2018 Edition A06016
Catalogue Ref - 2019 Edition A06016
Catalogue Ref - 2020 Edition A06016
Artist on Box Type 16 Adam Tooby

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