You know, the whole story begins to stink when you consider:
1) The plane for the spectacular "hat-trick" of 3 kills - including its gun cameras and their evidence, etc. - were lost;
2) No one seems even to know the Bureau Number of this "Showtime 100" aircraft;
3) No one remembers the other stewards - i.e., the CAGs & DCAGs - who flew the plane, and;
4) The official records have been destroyed!
Throw in the fact that, years later the Ace Pilot in question manifests as a politician, caught red-handed lying and cheating, and it's enough to cast serious doubt on the entire story. I could easily believe it was a all a huge myth, put on for the sake of:
1) Justifying the new Top Gun (or its immediate predecessor) program;
2) Boosting USN morale (exactly when everyone was really sick of that war);
3) Boosting McDonnell's F-4 sales, and/or;
4) Making Cunningham a hero, as his political connections began to create his future in politics.
(It occurrs to me: was there any independent confirmation of these 5 kills - like, say, by some ex-NVA pilots and/or radar operators?)
Anyway, my idea - that you were quietly building the not-Cunningham's plane - was funnier. It made me consider building the not-McCain SkyHawk!
Whatever the names you put on it - or even the actual, histoical reality - its still a great build you brought to us here, Donny!