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44th Fighter Squadron Vampires F-15 Model

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44th Fighter Squadron Vampires F-15 Model

Fly with the Vampires of the 44th Fighter Squadron in this hand crafted F-15 model. Each piece is carefully carved from wood and hand painted to provide a piece you’ll love. 18 inches

World War II
The 44th Flew patrols over the Pacific from Hawaii from 7 December 1941–October 1942. It went on to fly combat missions in the South and Southwest Pacific from 21 December 1942 – 15 August 1945.[1] Vietnam War
It again flew combat missions in Southeast Asia from 18 December 1964 – 25 February 1965, 21 April – 22 June 1965, 19 –29 October 1965, and 25 April 1967 – 6 October 1970.[1] The squadron was unmanned from 31 December 1966 – 24 April 1967 and November 1970–15 May 1971. It has flown air defense over Okinawa and Japan since 1971.[1] The 44th Fighter Squadron was named as the winner of the Raytheon Trophy for 2012.[citation needed] 2013 Sequestration
Air Combat Command officials announced a stand down and reallocation of flying hours for the rest of the fiscal year 2013 due to mandatory budget cuts. The across-the board spending cuts, called sequestration, took effect 1 March when Congress failed to agree on a deficit-reduction plan.[3] Squadrons either stood down on a rotating basis or kept combat ready or at a reduced readiness level called “basic mission capable” for part or all of the remaining months in fiscal 2013.[3] This affected the 44th Fighter Squadron with a reduction of its flying hours, placing it into a basic mission capable status from 5 April-30 September 2013.[3]