22 February 2022
Corgi McDonnell Douglas Phantom FG.1 XV592/L, RAF No.111 Squadron, Leuchars, Fife, Scotland, Late 1970s
Although some may argue that the American McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom was an acquisition that was almost forced upon the Royal Air Force during the late 1960s, Britain would soon come to appreciate the rugged qualities of this magnificent aeroplane and accept that it presented them with a hugely capable multi-role platform.
McDonnell Douglas F-4K (FG.1) Phantom XV592 had the distinction of being the last aircraft produced for the Royal Navy and it would go on to serve aboard HMS Ark Royal in the markings of No.892 Naval Air Squadron, until the withdrawal of Britain’s last big carrier at the end of the 1970s.
As with the rest of the remaining Royal Navy Phantoms at that time, XV592 would later be transferred to the care of the Royal Air Force at Leuchars in Scotland, where she would perform an air defence role, patrolling the vast expanses of the North Sea, challenging the frequent Soviet incursions into British air space.
Corgi's second release of its immense, superb 1/48 scale Phantom proudly wears it realistic camouflage livery and features sublimely printed markings, detailed crew figures, fuel tanks, weaponry, opening canopy, undercarriage up or down options, and a display stand.