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VF-162 Hunters F-8E Crusader Model

$234.00

1 in stock (can be backordered)

Description

Fly off the USS Oriskany again in with the VF-162 Hunters in this F-8E. Each model is carved from wood and hand painted to provide a unique piece you’ll love. 18 inches.
VF-162 served 6 Vietnam deployments
1 August 1963 – 10 March 1964, operating F-8As from the USS Oriskany
5 April-16 December 1965, operating F-8Es from the USS Oriskany. On 5 October F-8E #150848 was hit by a SA-2 Guideline SAM over North Vietnam, the pilot ejected successfully and was rescued.[3] 29 May-16 November 1966, operating F-8Es from the USS Oriskany. On 11 July F-8E #150902 was hit by anti-aircraft fire over North Vietnam, the pilot ejected successfully and was rescued.[3] On 14 July F-8E #150908 was damaged in a dogfight with a Vietnam People’s Air Force (VPAF) MiG, the pilot CDR Dick Bellinger ejected successfully and was rescued.[3] On 19 July F-8E #150919 was shot down southeast of Hanoi, the pilot LT Terry Dennison was captured but died in captivity, his remains were returned in March 1974.[3][4] On 6 August F-8E #150300 was hit by antiaircraft fire, the pilot ejected successfully and was rescued.[3] On 6 October F-8E #145924 was hit by antiaircraft fire, the pilot ejected successfully and was rescued.[3] On 9 October CDR Dick Bellinger shot down a VPAF MiG-21.[5] 16 June 1967 – 31 January 1968, operating F-8Es from the USS Oriskany. On 16 July F-8E #150925 was hit by an SA-2, the pilot ejected successfully and was rescued.[6] On 19 July F-8E #150899 was damaged by antiaircraft fire and crashed on landing, the pilot CDR Herbert Hunter was killed.[6][7] On 20 July F-8E #150916 crashed into the sea on launch, the pilot ejected underwater and was rescued.[6] On 11 September F-8E #150910 crashed due to lack of fuel the pilot ejected successfully and was rescued.[6] On 26 October F-8E #150310 was hit by an SA-2, the pilot LTJG Charles Rice ejected successfully, was captured and released on 14 March 1973.[4][6] On 14 December LT Richard Wyman shot down a VPAF MiG-17.[5] On 4 January F-8E #150865 was hit by an SA-2, the pilot LTJG Richard Minnich was killed and his remains were returned in December 1985.[4][6] 1 February-18 September 1969, operating F-8Js from the USS Ticonderoga
5 March-17 December 1970, operating F-8Hs from the USS Shangri-La. On 30 April F-8H #148650 crashed into the sea on launch the pilot ejected successfully and landed on the carrier deck.[8] On 8 May F-8H #147916 crashed into the sea while landing, the pilot ejected successfully and was rescued.[8] On 12 August F-8H #148660 experienced fuel problems while on a combat air patrol, the pilot ejected successfully and was rescued.[8] On 20 October F-8H #148643 suffered engine failure on takeoff, the pilot ejected successfully and was rescued.[8] VF-162 had the second highest combat loss rate after VF-111 of the F-8 fighter units deployed to Vietnam.[5]: Wiki