Phantom II


Hasegawa 1/48 Phantom II, A69-7234, 6 SQN RAAF


by Troy Henderson

 

Serial No

A69-7234

A/C type

F-4E Phantom II

Based at

6 Sqn. RAAF Amberley,

History

See below

Scheme

Standard South East Asia three tone camouflage with white undersides.

Kit

1/48 Hasegawa F-4E Phantom II, Aussie Decals RAAF Phantom decals, Icarus R/F-4E Phantom Stencil Decals and metal pitot tube.

Reference

ADF Serials, 'The Modern Phantom Guide - F-4 Phantom Exposed' by Jake Melampy and 'Phantom, Hornet and Skyhawk in Australian Service' by Stewart Wilson. 

 

Introduction

A69-7234 was not originally supposed to be a RAAF Phantom. While on the first leg of the delivery flight from the US, the original plane 69-7218, was damaged during inflight refuelling and forced to return to St. Louis, where it was replaced with 69-7234, throwing out the otherwise sequential numbering of the leased RAAF Phantoms.

On the 19th of October 1970, during her very first flight after delivery, whilst under the command of FLTLT Jack Ellis and SQNLDR Brian Bolger, the aircraft experienced a generator and bus tie failure resulting in the failure of some control systems, including the nose wheel steering and anti-skid breaking. Opting for an arrestor hook assisted landing, A69-7234 touched down, but unfortunately the cable snapped and in a strong cross wind, she ran off the runway, dug her nose wheel into the mud and collapsed the front landing gear.

The initial damage assessment of the aircraft by the USAF was that it would need to be returned to the US for repairs, but the RAAF engineers had other ideas.  They constructed new Jigs, manufactured new parts and after 18,750 hours did a first class job of repairing the plane to better than new condition. With the delivery of the F-111C's, A69-7234 to returned to the US on 22nd October 1972.

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