McDonnell Douglas RF-4C Phantom II – Snoopy – Wars Hell, 11th TRS, Vietnam 1969
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Hobby Master 1/72 scale HA1955: McDonnell Douglas RF-4C 65-876, nicknamed “Snoopy – Wars Hell”, of the 11th TRS, 432nd TRW, USAF based at Udorn RTAB during the Vietnam War in 1969. Only 1,100 produced, of which very few of this superb model have been imported to the UK.
Length 9.75 inches. Wingspan 6.25 inches
In October 1966 the 11th TRS (Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron) arrived at the Udorn Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand. They had been dispatched from the 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing (TRW) at Mountain Home AFB, Idaho and were reassigned as one of the two squadrons that formed the 432nd TRW “Hunters”. The 11th TRS RF-4C’s wore a tail code of OO with a black tail tip. During one portion of the Vietnam War the 11th TRS along with the 14th TRS would fly between 40 and 50 sorties per day using as much as 7 miles of film. These 2 squadrons are credited with flying 80 percent of all reconnaissance flights over North Vietnam. As a rule these flights were carried out at low altitudes and the aircraft had to fly straight lines in order to acquire good photos. This made the aircraft involved in this type of sortie very susceptible to ground fire accounting for the loss of 83 aircraft during the Vietnam War. 72 aircraft were lost in combat, 7 shot down by SAM’s and 65 to AAA or small arms fire. No RF-4Cs were lost to enemy aircraft. In November 1970 as part of the American drawdown the 11th TRS was reassigned to the 363rd TFW at Shaw AFB, South Carolina. RF-4C BuNo. 65-0876 “Snoopy – War’s Hell” was sold to Spain in 1995 and given serial CR.12-57. The first production RF- 4C flew in May 1964. The RF- 4C was an unarmed recon variant designed for information gathering. This variant is quite easy to recognize from other F-4 variants because of the distinctive nose. The larger nose was designed to accommodate radar, sensors and flat windows for cameras. During its years of service the RF-4C used two nose variations. The original design was the angular version with a later design that had a smoother rounded camera bulge. There were 503 RF- 4cs built with 499 being officially accepted by the USAF.