F-104C-5-LO, 56-0910, Capt. James B. Trice, 435th TFS,
479th TFW, Udorn RTAFB, Thailand, 1967
One of the first F-104 delivered to the Udorn AFB
on June 6, 1966 was Starfighter serial number
56-0910. It was assigned as a personal mount to
Capt. James Trice who had his Starfighter nose
decorated with a nose art with the inscription
PUSSYCAT. Initially the noseart consisted of the
cat caricature only, the text was applied later.
After the operations in Udorn ceased, in July 1967
the aircraft was flown back to the USA to the
Muniz AFB in Puerto Rico and starting in August
1967 it was assigned to the 198th TFS.
F-104C-5-LO, 56-0938, Maj. Bobby D. Betsworth, 435th TFS,
479th TFW, Udorn RTAFB, Thailand, June-August 1967
This Starfighter was one of the first eight aircraft
of this type delivered to the Udorn AFB on June
6, 1966. It was typically flown by Maj. Bobby
Bedsworth who hailed from Missouri nicknamed
Show Me State. For that reason the nose of his
aircraft was decorated with a mule and this
inscription. After the operations in Udorn ceased,
on August 20, 1967 the airplane was flown back to
the USA to the Muniz AFB in Puerto Rico.