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USAF 553rd Reconnaissance Wing - Korat, Thailand - Lighter


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Hi,

 

I picked this up today. A Japanese made Vulcan lighter with the insignia of the 553rd Reconnaissance Wing. The "Batcats" flew the Lockheed EC-121R Constellation and had a pretty interesting mission in Vietnam. I found this lighter via the OfferUp ap (it's just like Craigslist). I'm hoping the seller can give me some history behind the lighter. If not, I'm happy to add it to my small lighter collection.

 

-Derek

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The one problem with it is that when the top closes, it's not flush with the side. It's a bit "crooked" for lack of a better term...

 

Can I tap it a bit with a rubber mallet to fix it (and risk breaking the hinges) or should I just leave it alone??

 

Thanks for looking!

 

-Derek

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