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32-016 - VF-143 PUKIN' DOGS: TAPROOM 102
USN F-4J Phantom in the Vietnam War

This decal sheet covers one specific F-4J Phantom (BuNo 155887) as she appeared during three Vietnam cruises while with the same squadron (VF-143 Pukin' Dogs, callsign "Taproom") and also same modex each time (102).  Not a MiG killer, just one example of the many, many other Phantoms that took part in the war daily.  The Pukin' Dogs Vietnam F-4B's have been covered in decal form before (again, because of MiG kills), their later wartime F-4Js have been neglected until now.

For the 1972-73 cruise, this aircraft also bore the name of VF-143's XO, CDR Harley Hall, who sadly become the last Navy combat loss on 27 January 1973 flying Taproom 113 and last American to be listed as POW.  While his RIO was later released, there is still controversy and contradictions surrounding the ultimate fate of CDR Hall.  CDR Hall was previously Blue Angels Officer-In-Charge/Flight Leader (Plane 1), him and his Blue Angel team were featured in the 1975 documentary Threshold - The Blue Angel Experience.



[Decals released July 2016]

For Tamiya 1/32 F-4J Phantom

Three Marking Options Included:

USS Constellation 1969-70, USS Enterprise 1971-72, & USS Enterprise 1972-73

Unlike vast majority of AOA releases, only the minimal stenciling/common markings are provided.  F-4's were liberally covered with stencils and is too large of a project to be covered for this release.

Decals also included for external fuel tanks and intake FOD covers.

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