Air Commander 1/72nd scale AC1012 McDonnell Phantom II F-4C 24-MC 640829 ’64-0829′ “Scat XXVII” Col Robin Olds , 1/Lt Stephen B. Crocker 443rd RFA 8th TFW Ubon RTAB 1967. Buy online at Flying Tigers.
Robin Olds became a triple ace with 12 victories in WW II and 4 in Vietnam. The first of his 107 WW II combat missions was in a P-38J that he named Scat. Olds missed the Korean War because of his assignment in the USA. However when Vietnam came around he managed to be assigned and took command of the 8th TFW based at Ubon Royal Thai Air Force Base. He flew with the men of the 555th TFS who affectionately referred to him as “The Old Man” because he was in his late 40s. In Southeast Asia he flew 152 combat missions with 105 of them being conducted over North Vietnam. He managed to down 4 aircraft during these sorties while flying F-4C “Scat XXVII”. Olds relinquished his command of the 8th TFW on September 23 1967 and reported for duty at the USAF Academy in Colorado. Olds’ career was limited because of his nonconformist attitude and his tendency to ruffle feathers.
The 433d Weapons Squadron is a United States Air Force unit, assigned to the USAF Weapons School at Nellis AFB, Nevada. The unit was first activated in May 1943 and flew the P-38 Lightning in the Pacific Theater of Operations. The 433d distinguished themselves in air combat against Japan over New Guinea, Rabaul, and the Philippines, achieving over 200 aerial victories. Reactivated in 1964 for the war in Southeast Asia, the 433d was assigned to the 8th Fighter Wing at Ubon, Thailand, flying the F-4 Phantom II. The 433d was credited with 12 MiG kills over North Vietnam.
Was deployed to Ubon Royal Thai Air Force Base in December 1965, becoming part of Pacific Air Forces Thirteenth Air Force. Assigned to the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing, engaged in combat operations over Southeast Asia, the squadron’s mission included bombardment, ground support, air defense, interdiction, and armed reconnaissance.
Beginning in May 1967, was re-equipped with new F-4D aircraft. This gave the unit the distinction of being the first in Southeast Asia to be operationally equipped with improved Phantom II. In May 1968, employed laser-guided bombs (LGBs) in combat for the first time. During its final years of combat, used F-4Ds for fast-forward air control, interdiction, escort, armed reconnaissance, and other special missions. Continued combat in Vietnam until mid-January 1973, in Laos until 22ND February 1973, and in Cambodia until 15TH August 1973. Remained in Thailand until July 1974 when the squadron was inactivated.