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USAF F-4C Phantom II Robin Olds 8 TFW SCAT XXVII Vietnam War 1/48 Pro Built Model

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The USAF received Phantoms as the result of Defense Secretary Robert McNamara's push to create a unified fighter for all branches of the military. After an F-4B won the "Operation Highspeed" fly-off against the Convair F-106 Delta Dart, the USAF borrowed two Naval F-4Bs, temporarily designating them F-110A "Spectre" in January 1962, and developed requirements for their own version. Unlike the navy's focus on interception, the USAF emphasized a fighter-bomber role. With McNamara's unification of designations on 18 September 1962, the Phantom became the F-4 with the naval version designated F-4B and USAF F-4C. The first air force Phantom flew on 27 May 1963, exceeding Mach 2 on its maiden fligh.

During the Vietnam War, the F-4 was used extensively; it served as the principal air superiority fighter for both the Navy and Air Force, and became important in the ground-attack and aerial reconnaissance roles late in the war.



This model was built from Academy Kit 12294. This is really a very nice kit for F-4 series on the market with many nice detail.

This model was applied the markings are specifically for the aircraft flown by Colonel Robin Olds, commander of the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing between September 1966 and September 1967. Olds was a warrior first and he flew over 150 combat missions, 105 of those over North Vietnam. Olds was a triple ace, though only four were MiGs - the remaining 12 kills were from his combat tours in World War II. His aircraft was F-4C 64-0829 that carried the name 'Scat XXVII' in keeping with the naming convention of his previous aircraft. Colonel Olds could have easily scored another kill during his tour, but he opted to pass them to other pilots as he had been warned that the first USAF Vietnam War ace would be sent home as a public relations asset - a horrible outcome for a warrior.



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