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“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),...
How a U.S. Navy F-4 Phantom II crew scored the 197th, and last, MiG kill of the Vietnam War
The F-4 crew took advantage of more permissive RoE, allowing them to pursue the MiG beyond the 20th parallel Although the F-4 Phantom II was the most important fighter-bomber to see action with all three American armed services during the Vietnam War, it was essentially a U.S. Navy design, and the carrier-borne squadrons equipped with the jet were the leading...
SLUF Vs Fresco: how an unarmed A-7 was able to fend off a MiG-17 in the skies over North VIietnam
Junker's SLUF was devoid of the usually standard AIM-9D Sidewinder And to make matter worse, his A-7 had no working cannon because of a run of malfunctions involving VA-146's M61s. He would have to rely on his flying skill to evade the MiG-17... Built by LTV Aerospace Corporation (the same company that produced the iconic F-8 Crusader), the A-7 Corsair...
Sheets began jinking, performing quick dodging maneuvers that made it tough for the MiG-17 pilot to keep the A-6 in his sights, trying to drag the MiG toward the coast, hoping to run it out of gas... Born as a carrier based attack plane designed to replace the Douglas Skyraider, the Grumman A-6 had one characteristic that made it distinguishable...

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