Hobby Master 1:72 Air Power Series HA1990B
McDonnell Douglas RF-4C Phantom II Diecast Model
USAF 14th TRS, #68-0573, Bob Mock and John Stiles, Udorn RTAFB, Thailand, January 1972
On January 20, 1972 while flying RF-4C 80-573 on a SAM locating mission they came across a convoy of trucks hauling SAM launchers. The RF-4C was manned by Pilot Bob Mock and WSO John Stiles who, despite 37 mm cannon fire immediately made a photo pass at 4,000 feet and turned to make a second. At this moment the aircraft shook violently and began to spin to earth but just seconds before crashing the crew managed to eject and as luck would have it they were rescued by a CIA helicopter that was in the area. The official record showed 80-573 was lost to 37 mm cannon fire. However 37 years later in 2009 Dan Cherry, another F-4 pilot (replicated in HA1938) met the MiG-21 pilot that he had shot down in April 1972, Lt. Nguyen Hong My (replicated in HA0181). After some talking it was discovered that Lt. Nguyen Hong My had an RF-4 victory on January 20, 1972 so with some investigating, the conclusion was that Lt. Nguyen Hong Myâs victory actually was RF-4C 80-573 flown by Mock and Stiles. When Dan Cherry told John Stiles the facts, he was amazed to finally know the real story and in May 2014 John Stiles returned to Vietnam for the first time since 1972 and met with Nguyen Hong My.
1:72 Scale Length 10.5" Width 6.25"