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The Navy flew the F-4B extensively in Southeast Asia and as technology
improved, the Navy ordered the F-4J to replace the F-4B. The F-4J featured an
improved radar and higher thrust J79 engines. When Secretary of Defense
McNamara's mandated replacement for the Naval F-4 faltered in development (the
F-111B), the Navy performed a life extension program on their fleet of Phantoms.
The F-4B received avionics updates and the resulting aircraft was designated
F-4N, while the F-4J was not only given upgraded avionics, it also retrofitted
with a similar flap/slat system as the later block USAF F-4Es. These updated
F-4J aircraft were designated as the F-4S. These upgraded Phantoms soldiered on
until the F-111B replacement, the F-14A Tomcat, could enter the fleet in
sufficient numbers.

A few years ago, Academy released the first new-tool 1/48th scale
F-4 Phantom II kit in well over a decade and though many were skeptical that it
could be better/more accurate than the Hasegawa 1/48 Phantoms, it turned out
that Academy did indeed prevail. Since that time, Academy has released the F-4B,
F-4C/D, and F-4J kits, all with great response. When Academy announced the
F-4 in 1/72 scale as well, folks have been anxiously awaiting Academy's first
installment in that scale. Your wait is over.

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  • Store location: North Shore, Auckland, NZ

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