US MILITARY LAPEL PIN SERIES, #3120
LAPEL PIN IS APPROXIMATELY 1" (W) X 1" (H) Sq logo & unit info credit: F-14 Reference Work , Home of M.A.T.S. DESCRIPTION This is a very special VF33 TARSIERS ONBOARD USS AMERICA CV-66 VIETNAM PIN, VERY SPECIAL, IN MINT/NEW CONDTION. May have some slight yellowing due to its age, age unknown, origin unknown.
VF33 STARFIGHTERS, call sign: TARBOX
In 1964 the squadron started to become familiar with the aircraft which (in two different versions) would last them the next 17 years and became the backbone of Naval Fighter Aviation. The plane was, of course, the F-4 "Phantom II". Initially equipped with the F-4B, VF-33 set a new Atlantic Fleet record by winning the CNO Aviation Safety Award for four years in a row (1961-64). However VF-33's time with the F-4B was short and in 1967 they upgraded to the F-4J. The new F- 4 featured a different radar, higher thrust engines, slatted tailplanes, extra fuel cells and larger main wheels (to handle the increased weight). Almost as soon as the new F-4's were received VF-33 was once again deployed to combat, this time to South-East Asia onboard USS America (CV-66). During their time in theatre VF-33 dropped over 3,000,000 pounds of ordnance! This was in the space of