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  • Item Category: Militaria & Weapons
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Nov 24,2006
  • Channel: Online Auction

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.

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 4000 combat hours flown over 5 months. On the 10th of July 1968 a VF-33 bird downed a MiG- 21C, the first air to air kill by an East Coast Fighter squadron over N.Vietnam. After returning from Vietnam VF-33 continued it's association with CVW-7 and USS Independence (CV-62), deploying most years. Several awards were won during this time, including the CNO safety award in 1969 and 1970. The 75-76 cruise saw the squadron win the Golden Tailhook Award, recognising it's skill at carrier landing. February 1979 saw VF-33 achieve 3 years of accident free flying.

In 1981 VF-33 entered a new era, with the introduction of the F-14A Tomcat. As the transition took place VF-33, who up until this time had the official squadron name of "Tarsiers", began to unofficially use their callsign, "Starfighter" as the squadron name, perhaps inspired by the huge increase in capability the F-14A brought. P.S. Thanks to input from trampus314 who corrected an major error I made. It's feedbacks like this keeps eBay a fun place

The pin will make a great addition to your US ARMED FORCES pin collection. Please make sure to check out my other auctions for more great items. Most of the items have " BUY-IT-NOW " available in my eBay Store

Most of the pins listed are in MINT condition, unless otherwise stated. Some the COLLECTABLE pins have limited quantity. They were released from a 30-year private Estate collection. PAYMENT/SHIPPING

PAYMENT OPTIONS Money Order/Cashier's Check. Visa, MasterCard via PayPal. SHIPPING US DOMESTIC SHIPPING : $2 S/H for the first two (2) pins, please add $0.85 for each additional pin you ordered from my eBay Store for combined shipping. FREE shipping code is not applicable. INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING : $2.49 S/H for the first two (2) pins to Canada, Japan, and most European countries. Please ask questions before bidding. COMBINED SHIPPING : Please ask for combined invoice so we can combine all your orders from my eBay Store and save you on S/H . No combined shipping for 99c items. BUBBLE-MILLER is always used. All order shipped within 24-hrs after payment clears. INSURANCE is suggested, buyer pays $0.65, 1/2 the actual cost of $1.30 charged by the USPS. The insurance also covers the fraudulent charge-backs filed by dishonest buyers. It is the dishonest action of a few that adds cost to all others. YOUR BID: Your bid is a binding contract, please do not bid if you do not agree with the payment terms and/or S/H charges. Please understand that the S/H charge involves a lot more than just the postage AFTER SALES T is a 7-day, no-question asked, returning policy. NO refund on the shipping charges. Feedbac...

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