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VIETNAM WAR F-4 PHANTOM CONTROL STICK

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VIETNAM WAR F-4 PHANTOM CONTROL STICK
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Fine theater made award consisting of a solid aluminum base mounted with an original control stick from an F-4 Phantom aircraft. The award is presented to Chief Master Sargent Edward B. Swieca serving with the 432 Tactical Reconnaissance wing in Udon, Thailand from 1968 through 1969. A period-engraved plate on the base sets forth this information, adding: 'SEEK AND DESTROY'. This award shows handling wear, but the trigger and buttons all function properly. The trigger and buttons still provide very satisfying 'clicks' when activated. The center toggle on toggle on the control stick has some chips, but it still has full range of motion. Overall a great, genuine period piece. On 18 September 1966, the 432nd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing (TRW) was activated and to perform reconnaissance. It added tactical fighter operations in October 1967, initially using fightersto provide combat air patrol and cover for unarmed reconnaissance planes, but later to fly strike missions. Wing fighter units destroyed many enemy aircraft: 36 confirmed aerial victories between 17 December 1967 and 8 January 1973. It also used AC-47D gunships to provide air defense of friendly Laotian outposts from June 1969 to June 1970. It ceased combat in Vietnam in January, in Laos in February, and in Cambodia in August 1973. The wing remained in Southeast Asia to perform reconnaissance and routine training to retain combat proficiency, changing designations from reconnaissance to fighter in November 1974. The wing supported the evacuation of US personnel from Phnom Penh on 12 April 1975, and the evacuation of US and South Vietnamese personnel from Saigon on 29 April 1975. From 13 to 15 May 1975, the wingplayed a major role in locating the SS Mayaguez and in the military operations associated with the recovery of that US commercial vessel and its crew from the Cambodians. The wing was deactivated at Udorn RTAFB on 23 December 1975.
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VIETNAM WAR F-4 PHANTOM CONTROL STICK

Estimate $400 - $500
Dec 08, 2021
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1151: VIETNAM WAR F-4 PHANTOM CONTROL STICK

Sold for $320
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Est. $400 - $500Starting Price $200
Fall Historical Auction 2021 - Day 2
Dec 08, 2021 10:00 AM EST
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Fine theater made award consisting of a solid aluminum base mounted with an original control stick from an F-4 Phantom aircraft. The award is presented to Chief Master Sargent Edward B. Swieca serving with the 432 Tactical Reconnaissance wing in Udon, Thailand from 1968 through 1969. A period-engraved plate on the base sets forth this information, adding: 'SEEK AND DESTROY'. This award shows handling wear, but the trigger and buttons all function properly. The trigger and buttons still provide very satisfying 'clicks' when activated. The center toggle on toggle on the control stick has some chips, but it still has full range of motion. Overall a great, genuine period piece. On 18 September 1966, the 432nd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing (TRW) was activated and to perform reconnaissance. It added tactical fighter operations in October 1967, initially using fightersto provide combat air patrol and cover for unarmed reconnaissance planes, but later to fly strike missions. Wing fighter units destroyed many enemy aircraft: 36 confirmed aerial victories between 17 December 1967 and 8 January 1973. It also used AC-47D gunships to provide air defense of friendly Laotian outposts from June 1969 to June 1970. It ceased combat in Vietnam in January, in Laos in February, and in Cambodia in August 1973. The wing remained in Southeast Asia to perform reconnaissance and routine training to retain combat proficiency, changing designations from reconnaissance to fighter in November 1974. The wing supported the evacuation of US personnel from Phnom Penh on 12 April 1975, and the evacuation of US and South Vietnamese personnel from Saigon on 29 April 1975. From 13 to 15 May 1975, the wingplayed a major role in locating the SS Mayaguez and in the military operations associated with the recovery of that US commercial vessel and its crew from the Cambodians. The wing was deactivated at Udorn RTAFB on 23 December 1975.

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