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Posted by berny13
on Friday, September 14, 2007 8:00 AM
| Air Master Modeler wrote:|
| djrost_2000 wrote:|
That metal on the tail section looks awesome, among other things. They should make a decal sheet for Steve Ritchie and Debellevue. Their F-4E could make a great side-by-side piece with Showtime 100.
Thank you for the compliment. Actually Steve Ritchie and Debellevue flew an F-4D for all thier Mig kills. On the same day that Showtime 100 got thier 3rd, 4th, and 5th, kills Steve Ritchie and Debellevue flying thier F-4D, call sign "Oyster 03" shot down two Migs getting thier 3rd and 4th kills. Four months later in the same F-4D they got thier 5th kill and became the first and only U.S. Air Force Aces of Vietnam.
Actually, Ritchie and DeBellevue did fly the F-4E on two of their MIG killing missions. They flew an aircraft from the 58th TFS, ser no 67-362, for Ritchies 3rd and 4th kill. Just three days before that, they flew my aircraft and fired three missiles and missed. One of the AIM-7's would not tune (bad missile). With only a gun and four Sidewinders left, he ran for home at the speed of heat, leaving his wingman behind. Ritchie wrote up everything but the paint job when he got back from that mission. The aircraft they flew on their MIG killing mission was down for over two weeks going through a major over G inspection.
DeBellevue later got his 5th and 6th kill, making him the top ace of the war with six kills. Another WSO, Jeff Feinstein, is also credited with five MIG kills.
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Revell F-4E Phantom II 33rd TFW, 58th TFS, 69-260, 1/32 scale.
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