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The Road Runner looks like a typical commercial kids/hippie patch. Notice the very prominent copyright mark. You probably could have ordered this one from the back of a comic book back in the day.

 

With that said, it could have been used to symbolize missions along the Ho Chi Minh trail. Nothing says the patches used back by then military personnel all had to be local made or from official sources.

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The top one: I've seen various versions worn by T-33 pilots doing dissimilar air combat with the F-4s. I have seen this one before, when I'm home I'll look further. The middle one: was he possibly in the 13 TFS in SEA? Looks Thai made, so it might be a party suit patch for them. But that could also be a 73, as in the year, so again just guesses. Bottom one: I would agree with Gil, commercial made. Now, some of the commercial patches did end up on party suits, but did not originate with a unit.

 

Randy

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The Phantom Phucker is from the T-33 section of the 4452d Combat Crew Training Wing. The wing was tasked with training new F-4 crews, and the T-33 was used during the air combat training portion.

 

Randy

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