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F-105 Vs MiG-17: how a badly damaged Thud gun killed a North Vietnamese Fresco
As the F-105 slowed without afterburner the MiG overshot and Tracy fired 200 rounds of 20 mm ammunition without the aid of a gunsight… Despite its 'F-for-fighter' designation, the F-105 was designed and purchased to give the USAF an aircraft that could deliver nuclear weapons. But when the Vietnam War erupted the Thunderchief...
This pilot scored F-100’s only (probable) MiG Kill of the Vietnam War
Capt Don Kilgus pursued a MiG-17 in a steep dive from 20,000 ft down to 7000 ft, firing several bursts from his 20 mm cannons and observing hits on the fighter's right stabilator. Although the F-100's missions flown during the Vietnam War consisted primarily of air-to-ground sorties, for a brief period in 1964-65...
How Mi-6 Helicopters helped to protect VPAF MiG-17 fleet from U.S. Air Strikes
The MiG-17s were dispersed out into the country side, carried by large Mil Mi-6 helicopters to the dispersal sites and carried back to the airfields when missions were to be flown In the spring of 1966 U.S. aircraft targeted for the first time Vietnamese People's Air Force (VPAF) airbases. Previously considered off-limits...
“Spads four - MiGs nothing”: Skyraider MiG Kills Part II
Seldom emphasized about the second Skyraider-MiG encounter of the Vietnam War is the probability that three MiGs were destroyed by Spads. Seldom emphasized about the second Skyraider-MiG encounter of the Vietnam War is the probability that three MiGs were destroyed by Spads. As explained by Wayne Mutza in his book The A-1 Skyraider...
A-1 Vs MiG-17: Skyraider MiG Kills Part I
Aboard Midway, the Spad's radio report was misunderstood as one of the Spads having been downed. Greathouse finally convinced the carrier that they were fine, but North Vietnam was minus a MiG. "You've been had by a Spad, dad." It was said on the radio by a cocky, grinning Skyraider pilot to an...
Alone Vs six MiGs: the legendary Dogfight of Dick “Brown Bear” Schaffert
Schaffert had survived a gruelling ten-minute solo combat with six MiGs — a classic engagement still examined at Topgun decades later During the Vietnam War, the 'Sundowners' (VF-111) logged six deployments, scoring MiG kills in F-8s and F-4 Phantom IIs. Noteworthy one of the highlights of the 1967...
Former Egyptian MiG pilots provide an unprecedented perspective on Six-Day War "pre-emptive" Israeli strike against EAF airfields
'I called him to ask what was happening. He answered, "It's fantastic, they are attacking the dummy planes on the old runway! The real planes, which had been hidden under cover, weren't attacked. None of these were hit during the first two attacks,' EAF MiG pilot Tahir Zaki phone conversation with Wg Cdr Mamdouh Taliba Practically everything there is to...
That time two USMC F-4 Phantoms Nearly Shot Down two Cuban MiG-17s over the Keys
"The two MiG-17s went into a 60 degree port turn. I immediately thought they saw us and I slid to the outside of their turn, re-confirmed I was 'in Sidewinder' and periodically, when at the bogies' six o'clock, I would hear that beautiful `Grrrrrr' Sidewinder tone," MGen Mike "Lancer" Sullivan, high-time Naval F-4 aviator The McDonnell two-place, twinjet, all-weather F-4...
How North Vietnam's first ace scored a rare victory over the iconic F-8 Crusader
With the controls unresponsive, Capt Wilfred K Abbott pulled the black and yellow handle, rocketing himself out of the doomed F-8. He parachuted into seven years of captivity  Known to its pilots as the 'last of the gunfighters' due to its quartet of Colt-Browning Mk12 20mm cannon (its great naval rival, the F-4 Phantom II, was armed exclusively with missiles), the F-8...
The unknown story of the first official American aerial victory of the Vietnam War
Even if today it seems that Toon was a propaganda amalgam of several fine North Vietnamese pilots, there is no doubt that the pilot faced by Showtime 100 crew that day was a great dogfighter On May 10, 1972 Lt. Randy “Duke” Cunningham, flying an F-4J Phantom from VF-96 Fighting Falcons (callsign “Showtime 100”) off the carrier USS Constellation (CV-64),...

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