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The first new aircraft of the year has arrived at Yanks, the F-104C Starfighter "Smoke II".
This aircraft carries false markings in order to memorialize and honor the pilot Lt. Colonel Arthur Thomas Finney. The F-104C Smoke II, served in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. The aircraft was with the 435th Tactical Figter Squadron, 8th TF Wing stationed at Udorn AB Thailand.
In August of 1966, F-104 Starfighters were escorting F-105 Thundercheifs over Thai Nguyen when one of the Starfighters exploded into a ball of fire. Thought to be hit by a SAM Missile, the pilot Lt. Colonel Arthur Thomas Finney was seen by his wingman parachuting away and was listed as MIA, changed to KIA Killed in Action in 1974. His remains were finally brought home to rest in the United States on 14 August 1985.