A genuine 1965 dated slim Zippo lighter once owned by a pilot/crewman of the U.S. Air Force 64th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, during this time the squadron was flying F-102's. The lighter has acid etched on the front the scorpion emblem of the squadron and the text '64th FTR INTCP SQDN', etched on the back is the text for the squadrons motto 'FORTUNE FAVOURS THE BOLD'. It features the manufacturers machine stamped base that shows the correct period Zippo logo and date markings along with the trademark logo and patent number 2517191, on the base of the lighter on the left side of the Zippo logo is a single dot, this indicates the Zippo lighter was made in 1965. The lighter mechanism also features machine stamped Zippo markings and fits nicely in the case and appears to be in working order.
Pilots and crewman of the 64th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron were deployed by Air Defense Command to Clark Air Base between July 1966 to December 1969, Philippines in 1966 as part of Pacific Air Forces to provide air defense of Luzon and northern Philippines. Flew F-102s from Clark, and rotated flights to bases in South Vietnam (including Da Nang Air Base) and Thailand to provide air defense against the unlikely event that North Vietnamese aircraft would attack.