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  1. The F-101B/F and F-106A/B used the MB-1 Rack as the attach point for the for the Genie, one on the F-106 and two on the F-101. The rack had impulse cartridges used to unlock the rack and eject the rocket. The only tool used during the rocket loading was a socket and ratchet to lock the rocket on the rack. On the 106 and 101 the rocket/s were carried internally and were ejected clear of the aircraft by the MB-1 "Ejector Rack" prior to rocket motor ignition. On the F-89J the Genie was carried externally on a pylon and fired directly from the pylon rail.
  2. The 148th TRG/179thTRS Minnesota Air National Guard at Duluth was the first unit to modify an RF-4C to carry the AIM-9 Sidewinder. The AIM-9 was successfully test fired from the RF at Tyndall AFB, FL. The attached photo was taken by the firing aircrafts forward oblique camera
  3. Some more info I dug up on 58-339: 11/1981 Storage at AMARC bone yard Was preserved at Hill AFB UT (no date) 1987 Scrapped at Salt Lake City UT
  4. Patch on the right is the 196th, a unit of the California Air National Guard. At various times it was the 196th Fighter Squadron, 196th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, 196th Tactical Air Support Squadron, 196th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 196th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, 196th Air Refueling Squadron and currently the 196th Reconnaissance Squadron a part of the 163rd Reconnaissance Group. The Squadron was formed in 1946 at San Bernardino Army Air Base (later Norton AFB), moved to Ontario Airport and finally March Air Force Base now March Air Reserve Base. The patch should be rotated 180 degrees with the globe in the lower left. I was a member of the 196th during the Tactical Reconnaissance (RF-4C) years. The 196th was called up for the Korean War and sent to Missawa Air Base arriving on 25 Jul 1950 flying the F-84E. The unit officially returned home on 20 Jul 1952. That may account for you getting the patch in Japan. Hope the info helps fill in the blank spots.
  5. Full size replica of the "Genie" air - air rocket with nuclear warhead. Operationally carried by the F-89J, F-101B (US & Canadian) and F-106. For size comparison the rocket on the table is a 2.75 FFAR.
  6. Yes, full size. Not completely finished yet but I wanted to have it done enough for the Airshow. Most interest was in the remains of the PBY behind it and the 2.75!
  7. My collection of Interceptor Aircraft armament of the 1960's
  8. Aircraft 63-482 pictured in the Minnesota Air Guard Museum as a Duluth 148th/179th F-4D is actually an F-4C. Also the F-101 in the museum was a Duluth aircraft that was sent to Canada to upgrade their fleet when Duluth converted to the RF-4C. The attached picture shows 300 prior to its departure to Canada after being displaced by the RF. Canada modified it to serve as an ECM target aircraft and applied the glossy black paint scheme. It was was returned for the museum to display as a Duluth F-101 when it was no longer needed byCanada. It was repainted to its original Duluth colors. The flight to the museum was the last operational flight of a '101.
  9. 148th / 179th RF-4C at Duluth ANG Base. This aircraft was used by the unit for testing the long range KA-96 camera
  10. The Duluth ANG Unit was the 148th Tactical Reconnaissance Group / 179th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron during the RF-4C years and Fighter Interceptor Group - Fighter Interceptor Squadron during the F-4D years. By the time the 148th got the RF-4C the USAF 87th FIS across the field was long gone to KI Sawyer AFB MI.
  11. F-16 static display at Duluth MN after recent snow fall
  12. Both missiles are inert Load Crew training shapes of the Falcon Missile. The orange/white one is an AIM-4F as used on the F-106, the all orange one is an AIM-4A and was used on the F-89H, early congurations of the F-89J and the F-102. The ejection seat is from F-89J tail # 52-1905.
  13. My Missile and Ejection Seat as part of "The Cold War" Exhibit at the Richard I. Bong Heritage Center in Superior, WI
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