For many people, myself included, the Phantom represents the pinnacle of Western
Cold War fighter aircraft. First flying in 1958 and entering service with the US
Navy in 1960, it remains in front-
The Phantom II started life as a speculative private venture, intended as a supersonic
(Mach 2.2) naval carrier-
The Phantom entered UK service in 1968 with 48 FG.1 aircraft delivered to the Royal
Navy and 118 FGR.2 aircraft for the RAF. Although based on the US Navy F-
With only one conventional carrier in service, surplus RN orders were transferred to the RAF where they replaced the BAC Lightning on air defence duties. When HMS ARK ROYAL was finally paid off in 1978, the remaining RN aircraft followed suit.
In 1984 the RAF also added 15 refurbished ex-
767 Sqn was the RN’s 2nd line Phantom Training and HQ Squadron, based ashore at RNAS
Yeovilton. Formed in January 1969, in its original form it also trained RAF FG.1
pilots, but was disbanded and replaced by a RAF Leuchars-
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The main difference between this kit and the FG.1 above is the lack of slotted tailplanes that were fitted to enable lower landing speeds on the RN’s carriers and the lack of an extending nose wheel, also fitted to assist in RN carrier operations. Link to build
228 OCU was the RAF’s 2nd line conversion unit for UK-
74 Sqn was formed in 1984 as a backfill for 23 Sqn’s deployment to RAF Stanley to
defend the Falklands . Ex USN F-
This early USN aircraft is marked for an aircraft of VF-
Many fight deck crew were killed and injured whilst fighting the massive fire and explosions that followed.
During the Vietnam war, US Navy F-
Hasegawa built “out the box” Link to build
The Commander of the 388th TFW, 13th Air Force was Colonel Paul Douglas, a WWII P-
During the Vietnam War USAF F-
Due to the UK’s dire economic situation at the end of the 1970s, 892 Sqn was the
RN’s sole front-
Even with this reduced force, alongside its Buccaneer strike aircraft and Gannet
AEW aircraft, the Fleet Air Arm was more powerful than most air forces around the
world, but RAF planners convinced a naive Labour Government that land-
When not at sea, 892 Sqn was initially based at RNAS Yeovilton in Somerset, but later moved to RAF Leuchars in Fife which became the centre of UK Phantom fighter activity.
This aircraft bears special nose markings applied for HM The Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977. Sadly, bad visibility limited the planned flypast at the Silver Jubilee Feet Review of the Royal Navy at Spithead on the Solent.
The RN’s Phantoms were withdrawn and transferred to the RAF when HMS ARK ROYAL paid off in 1979.
Perhaps best known for its role in Vietnam, the Phantom began life as a US Navy all-
The USAF also received Phantoms as part of a US Government initiative to rationalise
the number of different aircraft in use by the US Forces, initially as the F-
The USAF received similar updates to reflect experience in Vietnam, first with the