Published on
April 15, 2018
Review Author(s)
Book Author(s)
Charles Stafrace
Other Publication Information
Soft Back, 124 pages w 200+full color images, profile illustrations and Fold-Out Scale Plans
MSRP
$34.00
Product / Stock #
WPT114
Provided by: Guideline Publications - Website: Visit Site

This is another excellent addition to the War Paint Series written by Charles Stafrace, a well-known and repeat contributor to the War Paint series. Theillustrations by Richard J. Caruana support the text and story line, and in and of themselves, are an excellent collection of Aviation Art. This book covers the development, deployment, service, and retirement of one of the most well-known aircraft, especially for those who came to maturity during the Vietnam conflict. The historian will find that the book covers the development and service of the Phantom II in detail, and the modeler will find the book to be an excellent source of information, detailing the aircraft with photographs and outstanding artwork.

As a modeler, I found this book to be rich in detail with a thorough coverage of the markings that are very helpful. The photographs, especially those in the “Walk-Around” section of the book, provide a great source for “detail”, as well as colors and weathering, if one is into weathering models. In short, this book is a gold mine for the modeler.

As someone who is interested in the history of certain aircraft, the Phantom II being one of those aircraft, the information provided about the Phantom II and its service for both the Blue Angels and the Thunderbirds is fascinating. I remember attending air shows at which I saw both Aero-Teams at one time or another. I have several Phantom kits and this publication is just the motivation I need to select a Phantom II as my next project.

Contents:

  • Introduction
  • A Classic in the making
  • The F4H-1F (F-4A)
  • Modifications and Improvements – the F-4B
  • First Phantom to visit Britain
  • The US Air Force chooses a Navy Fighter- the F-110
  • RF-4B-the reconnaissance Phantom II
  • The original F-4G-a naval version
  • The F-4J
  • F-4N
  • F-4S
  • QF-4 and DF-4 Phantom drones/drone controllers
  • EF-4-the electronic Phantom
  • 1960-The Phantom enters service
  • The Vietnam War
    • 1964-The opening shots
    • US Navy carrier fighter complement and their markings
    • Dixie and Yankee Stations
    • Weapons and ordnance used by naval Phantoms in Vietnam War
    • The MiG opposition
    • North Vietnamese SAM defenses
    • Rolling Thunder – Naval Air operations
    • The US Marines Phantom IIs in Vietnam
    • F-4 Phantom Combat Air Patrols
    • The TPQ-10 Blind Bombing System
    • Sixth Fleet Phantom IIs join the action in Vietnam
    • Alpha Strikes
    • The Shoehorn modifications
    • 1967 and 1968
    • The fire tragedy on USS Forrestal
    • The Tet Offensive – and Khe Sanh
    • The end of Rolling Thunder
    • `1969 to 1971
    • The Ault Report
    • TF 77 Operations during the 1969-1972 lull
    • The 1972 Easter Offensive and Operation Linebacker
    • The US Navy’s only Vietnam Ace
    • Linebacker II
    • The US Marines Phantoms 1968-1973
    • The end of the War in Vietnam
  • US Navy and Marines Phantoms in the post-Vietnam period
  • The Blue Angels
  • The RAF buys Phantoms again – the F-4J(UK)
  • In Detail – walk around close-up photos
  • Kits, Decals, and Accessories – Six pages for the modeler

This book is highly recommended because of the excellent writing style of the author,the impressive illustrations, scale plans, and images,the thorough coverage of the Phantom II,and the six pages included as an aid to those who model. Thanks to Guideline Publications for providing this book for review by IPMS/USA.

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