Hobby Master HA19042 F-4E Phantom II Richthofen GAftic 86 Canada 1/72
"F-4F Phantom II ""Norm 81"" 38+56, JG 71 ""Richthofen"", GAFTIC 86, CFB Goose Bay, Canada, May 1986"
The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II is a two-seat, supersonic long-range all-weather fighter-bomber. The aircraft was designed as a USN Fleet defense aircraft and entered service in 1961. The F-4 soon became one of the few aircraft to be utilized by the USN, USAF and USMC. The Phantom could carry a varied payload and armament so it was well suited to do just about any job. Because of its large nose and ruggedness the F-4 earned the nickname “Rhino”, along with others that were less flattering. The F-4 went on to serve in no less than 11 other countries. Production ended in 1979 with 5,201 aircraft manufactured in 14 different versions.
JG 71 "Richthofen" converted from the F-104G to the F-4F beginning March 1974 and completed by 1975. Various paint schemes had been used by the Luftwaffe but in 1982 and onward the standard scheme was the “Norm 81”. In the 1970s and 80s NATO countries adopted low-level flying to avoid radar detection. With Europe being heavily populated it made it almost impossible to fulfill this role so to accomplish this, Germany and others were based at Goose Bay Labrador that provided 294,000 km of airspace with a population of less than 30,000.