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F-4D 66-7483, a test support fleet jet of the 6512th Test Squadron (Test Ops), 6510th Test Wing, Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards AFB. She was re-designated as an NF-4D in 1987, indicating she had permanent flight test modifications.

 

March 1981

66-7483 6512ts afftc KEDW 19810300 15cr

 

Target mission for an F-15C radar test. ALQ-188 ECM pod for trying to "farkle" the Eagle's APG-63 radar. December 1983

66-7483 6512ts ED R-2508 19831220 24cr

 

66-7483 6512ts ED KEDW 19831220 27cr

 

Two formation/chase proficiency missions, February and March 1985

66-7483 6512ts ED R-2508 19850200 12cr

 

66-7483 6512ts ED R-2508 19850300 19cr

 

66-7483 6512ts ED R-2508 19850200 18cr

 

66-7483 6512ts ED R-2508 19850200 17cr

 

66-7483 6512ts ED R-2508 19850200 00cr

 

66-7483 6512ts ED R-2508 19850200 14cr

 

66-7483 6512ts ED R-2508 19850200 38cr1

 

66-7483 6512ts ED R-2508 19850300 03cr

 

66-7483 6512ts ED R-2508 19850300 01cr

 

March 1985

66-7483 6512ts ED KEDW 19850300 04cr

 

On the Edwards main ramp with F-4C 63-7409 and F-4D 65-0670, May 1985.

66-7483 6512ts 6510tw ED KEDW 19850518 23hrcr

 

66-7483 6512ts ED KEDW 19850518 20cr

 

66-7483 6512ts ED KEDW 19850518 29cr

 

January 1989

66-7483 6512ts ED KEDW 19890100 07cr

 

Formation/chase proficiency mission April 1989

66-7483 6512ts ED R-2508 19890419 20cr

 

66-7483 6512ts ED R-2508 19890419 08cr1

 

66-7483 6512ts ED R-2508 19890419 06cr

 

66-7483 6512ts ED R-2508 19890419 16cr

 

Waiting for the crew to show, July 1990

66-7483 6512ts ED KEDW 19900717 10cr

 

She left Edwards in 1991, was bailed to Flight Systems Incorporated at Mojave Airport as N430FS, and finally retired to AMARG in 2003.

 

Thanks for looking,

Sven

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5 hours ago, giemme said:

Is anyone making a decal sheet for this kind of livery?

I don't know of any aftermarket at the moment. Hasegawa did similar markings for one of their F-4E issued in 1/72 years ago for the YF-4E, 65-0713.

 

Sven

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12 hours ago, giemme said:

:ditto:  Lovely set of pics! Is anyone making a decal sheet for this kind of livery? TIA

 

Ciao

By sheer coincidence this 1/48 sheet appeared in Hannants 'New Arrivals' section today although the text still reads as it did for the 'Future Release' section , different F-4D but same scheme  -  https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/CD48162?result-token=gGMTQ  -  the 1/72 set is still listed as a future release

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Sven,

 

Thanks for a GREAT set of photos of this NF-4D. I have a Zoukei-Mura kit earmarked for very same aircraft, using the old Cutting Edge sheet (CED48-013) that includes this airframe. I will be swopping out the crest decals on the Cutting Edge sheet for better examples from Hypersonic Models though.

 

Again, many thanks for sharing

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On 9/8/2020 at 3:53 AM, giemme said:

Is anyone making a decal sheet for this kind of livery?

I know Hasegawa did an F-16B as a limited edition with the red/white Edwards markings, and I think they did  an F-4 with the same scheme. Both would be OOP and hard to find. I have the Hasegawa F-16B Edwards boxing. I would think you could cobble up the tailcode and serial from available aftermarket decal sheets.

Mike

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