F-4S Phantom II VF-161
SCALE & KIT
1/48 Super Wing Series
Hong Hwan Jang
The F-4S Phantom II was originally built for the United States Navy. It first flew in May of 1958, and set eight new aviation records during its career. Some of those included, altitude (98,557 feet), speed (1,390 mph), and time to climb (9,000 feet in 34.5 seconds). Though very reliable and powerful, unfortunately, the Phantom II had an important problem: a smoky engine which required much maintenance and time to repair. This enabled the enemy to see the F-4S before the F-4S pilot could see the enemy, putting the F-4S at a disadvantage in combat. The problem was later fixed.
VFA-161, nicknamed the Chargers, was a Strike Fighter Squadron of the U.S. Navy. It was established at NAS Cecil Field as Fighter Squadron VF-161 on 1 September 1960. It moved to NAS Miramar on 19 September 1961, and to Naval Station Yokosuka, Japan. On 1 April 1986, the squadron was redesignated VFA-161. It was disestablished on 1 April 1988.
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