F-4C SCAT XXVII Academy 1/48 ScaleKit Build

The subject of this article is the build of one of the F-4C’s flown by Colonel Robin Olds during Operation Bolo, specifically AF 64-0829 F-4C SCAT XXVII. I have spent almost 2 years researching this aircraft and have read numerous articles, books in addition to having looked at thousands of pictures to ensure every detail is exactly as the aircraft appeared during this time period in Vietnam.

Finally, I have had conversations with the Manuscript Curator of  the National Museum of the United States Air Force regarding the restored AF 64-0829 in efforts to obtain additional reference materials. As a result, they were kind enough to provide photographs and the following history indicating, understandably, why the aircraft was not restored to its “in country” appearance as requested by Colonel Olds and his daughter Christina.

F -4C, sin 64-829

Manufactured by McDonnell Aircraft, St. Louis MO and gained by the USAF on 26 Oct 1965.
Oct 1965        To 33rd Tactical Fighter Wing (Tactical Air Command), Eglin AFB FL
Feb 1967        To 8th Tactical Fighter Wing (Pacific Air Forces), Ubon RTAFB Thailand (deployment to Clark AB Philippines)
Dec 1967        To 12th Tactical Fighter Wing (PACAF), Cam Ranh Bay AB Vietnam
                (deployments to Kunsan AB and Taegu ABs Korea and Misawa AB Japan)
Mar 1970        To 479th Tactical Fighter Wing (TAC), George AFB CA
Oct 1971        To 35th Tactical Fighter Wing (TAC), George AFB
Feb 1974        To 81st Tactical Fighter Wing (US Air Forces Europe), RAF Bentwaters UK
Jul 1974        To 401st Tactical Fighter Wing (USAFE), Torrejon AB Spain
Jan 1979        To 93rd Tactical Fighter Squadron (US Air Force Reserves), Homestead AFB FL
Jun 1983        To 142nd Fighter-Interceptor Group (Air National Guard), Portland MAP OR
Jul 1983        To 149th Tactical Fighter Group (ANG), Kelly AFB TX
Mar 1986        To 144th Fighter-Interceptor Group (ANG), Fresno Air Terminal CA
Apr 1986        Dropped from inventory by transfer to museum

NMUSAF received the aircraft on 7 April 1986.  It had been repainted prior to its acquisition by the museum and was delivered in the colors of the 149th TFG (ANG). Hence, the battle worn appearance was consequently lost.

F-4C SCAT XXVII painted for the 149th TFG (ANG)
Photo Courtesy of the National Museum of the United States Air Force

I hope that this web site will help others come to know a little more about this great aircraft, F-4C SCAT XXVII and its legendary Ace Pilot Robin Olds.