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V-507 F-14A TARPS - USMC VMFP-3 Eyes of the Corps

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The United States Marine Corps was initially interested in the F-14 as an F-4 Phantom II replacement; going so far as to send officers to Fighter Squadron One Twenty-Four (VF-124) to train as instructors. The Corps' enthusiasm for the F-14 cooled, however, when development of the stores management system for ground attack munitions was not pursued. With the development of the TARPS camera pod, the Marines Corps once again looked at procuring the F-14, this time as a replacement for the aging RF-4B Phantom IIs serving with Marine Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron 3 (VMFP-3).

VMFP-3, the "Eyes of the Corps", began slowly converting to the F-14A Vagabond in 1981, but they retained a flight of RF-4Bs for operation from the USS Midway (CV-41) until 1984 when the remainder of the unit converted. Since the RF-4Bs were completely unarmed, ground attack capability was not an issue. In fact, the F-14's considerable air-to-air armament meant that it required no escort, a great improvement over the RF-4B. The F-14s were initially operated in a high visibility scheme to match the RF-4Bs, but quickly switched to a low visibility overall gray with subdued national markings.
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I think we need to see birds from the USN's VFP units: VFP-62, VFP-63, VFP-206, and VFP-306.
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comradeloganovHobbyist General Artist
Yeah, problem is that the regular Navy fighter squadrons would take over that role with TARPS pod. If, in this alternate timeline, the V-507 ground attack capability is developed and the USMC ends up adopting it in its standard squadrons, I think their recon squadrons would die soon thereafter, too.
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Hmm, hadn't thought of that...
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comradeloganovHobbyist General Artist
:(
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But I do wonder what those markings would look like on the V-507... :?
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We're putting plenty of F-8 markings on the V-507, I don't think you'll be disappointed.
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If only for the pure WTF value...
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That is damn fine :)
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comradeloganovHobbyist General Artist
Thanks!  It's a pretty green!  Obviously, the scheme comes from an RF-4B.
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Marine F-4 colours were amazing. I used to have a book called An Illustrated History of the F-4 Phantom II and the USMC section were always so bright and beautiful. Beint a proud Brit though I do like the No.111 Squadron FGR.2 special colours :)
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comradeloganovHobbyist General Artist
Indeed.  I always liked the bright USN and USMC markings of the 50s, 60s, and 70s.  Quite lovely.
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