Custom-built for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force.
After much consideration, Japan chose the McDonnell-Douglas F-4 Phantom II to be the country's newest fighter in November 1968. In fact, Japan was one of the very few non-U.S. countries that could produce Phantom IIs under license. Built by Mitsubishi®, the subsequent F-4EJ Kai upgrade was delivered to the JASDF in November 1989. It featured updated electronics, including an improved central computer, AN/APG-66J pulse Doppler radar and the J/APR-6 homing and warning system. Many were also equipped with ASM-1 or ASM-2 anti-ship missiles mounted underneath the aircraft's wings.
- JASDF 83rd AG 302nd SQ., Code: 414, Naha A.B.
- JASDF 6th AW 306th SQ., Code: 416, Komatsu A.B.
- JASDF 5th AW 301st SQ., Code 417, Nyutabaru A.B.
Did you know?
- Although Mitsubishi produced over 150 F-4EJ Kai Phantom IIs, only 90 are currently believed to be in active service.
- Visitors to Okinawa's Kadena Air Base are greeted by a single F-4 aircraft as they drive in from the main gate.
- The JASDF 306th Squadron was the first to fly the upgraded F-4EJ Kai in 1989. Seven more squadrons soon followed.
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Stock Number: HSGS1567
Mfg. Number: 01567
Skill Level 3
Length: 10.43 in (265 mm)
Width: 6.41 in (163 mm)