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    Posted 5 years ago

    kerry10456
    (208 items)

    Hello Fellow Collectors. Before being transferred to VMFA-451, I served with VMFA-333. Here is a die cast model of one of those A/C and a little history about this particular bird:
    On September 11, 1972 4 F-4J Phantoms of VMFA-333 (Shamrocks) from USS America (CVA-66) came across a Mig-21U with a Russian pilot and a Vietnamese student. Because of his experience the Russian pilot was able to out maneuver 3 of the 4 Phantoms but he wasn't so fortunate with the 4th. The 4th F-4J 155526 was crewed by pilot Major Lee T. Lasseter and RIO Captain John D. Cummings. The Mig-21U was flying north trying to lead the Phantom into SAM territory but the Phantom managed to shoot the MiG-21 down. The Russian pilot managed to eject but the student didn't. This would be the only air-to-air victory of the war by a Corps aircraft. Moments later south of Haiphong Harbor Lasseter and Cummings were downed by an S-75M Dvina (SA-2) missile.

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    Comments

    1. kerry10456 kerry10456, 5 years ago
      Good afternoon Mani, thanks for the support and loves... xoxo
    2. Caperkid, 5 years ago
      This was in Vietnam Kerry I take it were the missiles Russian as well ?
    3. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Kerry,
      This is really a nice one!
    4. kerry10456 kerry10456, 5 years ago
      Yes Caperkid, USSR made missile back in the day
      Thanks everyone for the loves and comments
    5. kerry10456 kerry10456, 5 years ago
      Thanks Caperkid, jscott0363,Vetraio50, Brunswick and blunderbuss 2 for all the support
    6. fortapache fortapache, 5 years ago
      Thanks for the story Kerry Kerry. Looks like another great model.
    7. kerry10456 kerry10456, 5 years ago
      Thank you racer4four, fortapache and GeodeJem for all the support, @ Fort, the story was history in the making, the only Marine Corps aircraft to shoot down a Mig during Vietnam conflict, the Air Force always seem to get ok to engage, never the Marines
    8. mickeysmagic mickeysmagic, 5 years ago
      Great to hear the history of these things that general public does not know. THANK YOU for your service Kerry
    9. kerry10456 kerry10456, 5 years ago
      Thanks Everyone for all the loves and support, I know I've fallen behind so will start again with pickrknows.... Again Thanks everyone, very appreciated!!
    10. kerry10456 kerry10456, 5 years ago
      Thanks Sean, ole buddy, very appreciated!!
    11. kerry10456 kerry10456, 5 years ago
      Thank you bobby725, Radegunder & PhilDMorris for dropping in and sharing the loves, deeply appreciated!!
    12. kerry10456 kerry10456, 5 years ago
      Thank you courtenayantiques for stopping in, always very appreciated!!

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