This second instalment of In Focus features sadly, the soon to be lost sight of Japanese Air Self Defence Force F-4 EJ Phantom IIs,
which have been in service for almost 50 years. Originally there were eight Squadrons (or Hikotai), but since 1994 there have been just four: 8, 301, 306 and 501 (operating the RF-4E).
The following images give some indication of how the F-4s looked and operated in the latter years of their service life and remind us how they will be nothing more than a fond memory by the end of 2021.
David Draycott (580 call sign Diddy), a most talented modeller and globe trotting photographer, has very kindly provided the images and commentary. More recently, Dave has been
contributing to the fantastic series of Aircraft in Detail Books by Duke Hawkins, which are highly recommended as modelling references.