Hobby Master HA19050 RF-4E "Norm 83A" 35+67, AufklG 52, Luftwaffe, Leck 1992 1/72
Hobby Master HA19050 1/72nd RF-4E "Norm 83A" 35+67, AufklG 52, Luftwaffe, Leck 1992
Starting in 1973 the Japan Air Self-Defense Force received 154 F-4EJ Phantoms that were based on the USAF F-4E. 138 of these aircraft were manufactured under license by Mitsubishi who produced the last F-4 Phantom II. Several changes were made to the F-4E to make it an F-4EJ. Basically it had any offensive weapons removed but eventually these restrictions were lifted and the aircraft were updated with missiles and the latest electronic equipment.
RF-4E was manufactured as 69-7514 MSN 4155 in 1969 and between 1971 and 1972 the Bundeswehr replaced their RF-104 with 44 RF-4Es. Now with the Bundeswehr the aircraft became 35+67 assigned to AufklG 52 (reconnaissance squadron 52). AG 52 was established at Erding in 1959, and moved to Leck / Stadum in 1964. On December 15, 1993 AG 52 was deactivated and along with other aircraft 35+67 was sold to Turkey where it flew with 113 Filo until 2009 when it was stored.