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  1. Murph

    The Last F-8 Gun Kill

    I'd go with Nichols' kill for historic reasons; that was the last gun kill in any form achieved by the U.S. Navy. Those markings are also rarer than the VF-24 markings. Regards, Murph
  2. Murph

    F-14D (2004) appropriate weapons loadout?

    Much to the relief of submariners everywhere. Regards, Murph
  3. Murph

    F-16 Speed Brake Internal Colour

    FS #36270. Regards, Murph
  4. Murph

    F-104 anti glare panel colour

    It's also possible it was two different paints. The paints used on radomes are supposed to be formulated to not interfere with the radar energy. Regards, Murph
  5. Murph

    Some USAF T-33 color questions

    I'm pretty sure the SEA markings were a one off version done by some bored maintainers in Iceland. The two standard USAF schemes I know of were natural metal and ADC Gray. Regards, Murph
  6. Murph

    RAF Jaguars

    Standard load for air to ground missions would be iron bombs or CBUs on the centerline pylon, tanks on the inboard wing pylons, and a Phimat on one outboard pylon balanced by either an ALQ-101 pod or AIM-9 on the other outboard pylon. I'm not sure if 6 Squadron had a nuke commitment; Wiki says they had a close air support and reconnaissance tasking in the Jaguar. I think the Jaguars were using the fuselage mounted chaff/flare dispensers by '89, which were initially left in dull natural metal. Regards, Murph
  7. Murph

    F-104 anti glare panel colour

    The USAF T.O. for the F-104 called for a black anti-glare panel; it's possible some of the foreign manufacturers followed that. Regards, Murph
  8. Murph

    Hasegawa 1/48 F-15C

    The amount of work to repaint Bay 5 would have been enormous; it would have meant removing quite a bit of electronics and plumbing. A very few jets had Bay 5 repainted in various colors including Gunship Gray, but the vast majority of them remained in original metallic green or gloss white. This is an e-mail from a friend who was flying MSIP C models at Kadena at the time (FY 78 and FY 79 jets): The lighter color on the floor was probably primer showing through where the metallic green had worn away. Additionally Ken Middleton has posted quite a few pictures of MSIP A models over at ARC, and their Bay 5s remained in metallic green. The few exceptions that I know of were down at Tyndall at the FTU; that includes the dark gray Bay 5. The bottom line is that unless you have confirmation of a repaint I would stick with the original colors. Regards, Murph
  9. The aircraft's modex is "300" but the white two digit code, which goes on the top of the vertical tail and should repeat the "last two" of the modex, is "01" on that sheet. The picture of it taking the barrier one week prior to the shootdown show that it should be "00" on the tail. Regards, Murph
  10. High drag Mk-82s. Regards, Murph
  11. It was a dive release between 3,000 and 4,000 feet against a structure, so it was almost certainly Mk-80 series weapons. The question would be was it Mk-82 (500 lbs), Mk-83 (1,000 lbs), or Mk-84 (2,000lbs) bombs. Regards, Murph
  12. Murph

    Hasegawa 1/48 F-15C

    The dividing line between metallic green and gloss white was Fiscal Year, not model. FY79 and older jets (which included the first two years of C model production) had the green Bay 5, FY 80 and later were painted gloss white. The C model wheels were eventually fitted to A models. The major original differences between the A and C models were the wheels, ejection seat (the A originally had the ESCAPAC), and the lack of certain equipment (the big "black boxes") in Bay 5, which also meant a difference in the external antennas. The turkey feathers were originally on both variants but were removed from the fleet in the late 70s, because the Air Force got tired of filing "Dropped Object" reports. Regards, Murph
  13. Murph

    In memorium of John S. McCain

    CVW 16 was originally an Atlantic Fleet wing, and it maintained the AH tail code when it moved to the West Coast. All of the air wing aircraft had the AH tail code, based on period photos: 1967 cruise book Air Wing 16 Aircraft were moved between squadrons during their lifetime, so an airframe could be seen in different squadron markings on different cruises. Regards, Murph
  14. Does anybody know what weapons load he was carrying on the mission he was shot down? Regards, Murph
  15. Murph

    B-17F Memphis Belle

    They should have preshaded. Regards, Murph