LDCR Mike Purcell and his family next to a RC F-4 Phantom from VF-114 the Flying Aardvarks

LCDR Mike Purcell

and his Family with their

VF-114 RC F-4 Phantom Flying Model

VF-114 The Flying Aardvarks


RC  F-4 Phantom from VF-114 built by LCDR Mike Purcell

vf114 is called the flying aardvarks, on this cruise, stationed on the uss kitty hawk

Photo by C. Jeff Dyrek

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Sir, great website with lots of cool info. I was researching the Vigilante and saw the Aardvarks Phantom in the corner.   I thought you might enjoy a picture of my Remote controlled version of the VF-114 F-4 Phantom. Kit is made by Yellow Aircraft and is a 1/10th scale F-4E. I had to paint it in Navy colors (I’m a Navy man myself.)  All the markings are airbrushed on, including the Aardvark. Only decals are the Stars and Bars and some ejection info triangles. It has a single ducted fan engine that moves my “toom” around the sky at 150 MPH, lands at 25 kts. I can also drop a centerline tank for show. She does all the maneuvers including spins and inverted flight and just looks so cool on a low flyby. I joined the Navy to fly this famous aircraft but was too late as they phased it out during college. So I opted for P-3C Orion.

LCDR Mike Purcell
Chesapeake VA

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