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Old 06-07-2016, 09:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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This is one of twelve special model Marine F4 Phantoms of VMFA 333 produced by Planecrazy some time back. It shows the bomb load and the Shamrock Logos on the tanks
The aircraft was flown by Marine Major "Bear" Lasseter during his Mig kill in June 1972.
This big Marine had a rather sad end in 1980.......
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Old 04-19-2018, 10:13 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I realize this is an old post,....I was in Avionics, with VMFA 333 aboard America.

Interesting note. F-4's would not have had wing tanks due to the carrier launch stresses.
Only belly tanks were used. The "back seat" was Capt "Little John" Cummings...the model shows a Maj. something or other...??? The "Bear" however, was a Maj. at that time.
Please understand, I am NOT bashing...but facts are facts.
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Old 04-19-2018, 11:14 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I realize this is an old post,....I was in Avionics, with VMFA 333 aboard America.

Interesting note. F-4's would not have had wing tanks due to the carrier launch stresses.
Only belly tanks were used. The "back seat" was Capt "Little John" Cummings...the model shows a Maj. something or other...??? The "Bear" however, was a Maj. at that time.
Please understand, I am NOT bashing...but facts are facts.
Of course your first hand knowledge says it all. I was merely showing the model as I bought it. It had a little extra detail over the "regular" HobbyMaster HA1911 one, (Shamrocks on the tanks and the included bomb load)
It is interesting that you can show differences between the model and the real thing. From years of collecting models and buying relevant books I think this would apply to most models representing individual pilots, little changes here and there, but nothing too much to concern model collectors....
You are blessed to have experienced such heady days, I have never even seen a real Phantom, anywhere. I have loved it ever since I bought an Airfix kit back in the sixties, and seeing all that hardware hanging off it.
Did you know Maj. Lasseter at this time?
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I did indeed know Maj. Lasseter, he was the 2nd C.O. of the squadron while on this deployment. He replaced Lt Col. John Cochran. The Col. was shot down Dec 23 1972 (he was rescued at sea) and then due to back injuries from the ejection, he was sent home, to be replaced by the then XO Maj Lee Lasseter. ...From what I remember, Trip Trey was a very tight knit group of dedicated Marines.
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