Caracal Models CD 32022: F-104 in Vietnam

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Scott Van Aken

Often overlooked in a listing of US aircraft that flew in Vietnam, the F-104, along with the F-102 were operated for a few years in case of an incursion by North Vietnamese into the south. That never happened. When operating from DaNang during their first deployment, they did escort duty. The second time, based at Udorn, they did some ground attack missions as well. After that they returned to the 'states to be operated by the ANG.

This sheet covers the use of the F-104 in Vietnam during the 1966/67 time period. These aircraft were all from the 479th TFW out of George AFB, deployed to Udorn in Thailand during 1966. Most of these planes had either names, nose art or both. The lone 'stranger' in the mix is a Puerto Rico ANG plane of the last unit to fly these in US service, trading them in on A-7Ds. 

F-104C 56-0891 "NancyJ / Snoopy Sniper", 479 TFW - Udorn AB, 1966

F-104C 56-0892 "Miss Bevie J VI / My Darlin Dorothy", 479 TFW - Udorn AB, 1966

F-104C 56-0910 "Pussycat", 479 TFW - Udorn AB, 1966

F-104C 56-0938 "Show Me", 479 TFW - Udorn AB, 1966

F-104C 57-0923 "Helloo Dolly", 479 TFW - Udorn AB, 1966

F-104C 57-0925 "Smoke II", 479 TFW - Udorn AB, 1966

F-104C 57-0927 "Debbie Sue", 479 TFW - Udorn AB, 1966

F-104C 57-0929, Puerto Rico ANG

I have darkened the sheet considerably so you can see the white markings. The only kit of which I am aware that does a C is the Hasegawa kit. Italeri recently released an F-104G, but I'm not sure if it had C options as well.

The decals are well done by Cartograf and you get enough common markings to do one of the options. A nice addition to Caracal Models' line-up and a great reason to build one of these.

June 2017

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