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How a VMFA-333 F-4 Phantom II scored the only USMC Mig Kill of the Vietnam War
'The growl of the Sidewinder tone was loud enough to drive you from the cockpit, and it really did a job on that MiG,’ Capt 'Lil’ John' Cummings, VMFA-333 F-4 Phantom II RIO. No fewer than 11 US Marine Corps squadrons flew versions of the Phantom II in Southeast Asia from May 1965...
The story of No.26 Squadron “Black Ravens” MiG-21s, the Egyptian Air Force Top Guns of Yom Kippur War
Pilots from No. 26 Squadron strove to improve their skills to a degree where they could outmatch the Israelis, and they were the first to start setting up literal 'aerial ambushes' One of the most successful Egyptian Air Force (EAF) units of the October 1973 War was No. 26 Squadron, established in autumn...
Israel offers surplus F-16s to Colombia to replace the country's Kfir fighter jets
Washington is upset that Israel added advanced Israeli-made electronic systems to the F-16s, giving Jerusalem an edge over American planes US Secretary of Defense James Mattis has reportedly refused to approve the sale of 12 F-16 combat aircraft to Croatia. The US government must approve the sale of its planes sold to any...
The Incredible Story of the Iranian F-14 Pilot that Safely RTB after having flown through the Fireball of the Iraqi MiG-21 He Had just Shot Down
"I fired one AIM-9 at very close range, and when my missile hit the MiG, it blew up into a massive fireball almost immediately - I could not avoid the explosion," Maj Hazin, IRIAF F-14 Tomcat Pilot Retired by the U.S. Navy on Sep. 22, 2006 the iconic F-14 Tomcat remains the backbone of Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF)...
That Time an IrAF Commander painted a Female Lap on the Runway to help MiG-21 Pilots Accomplishing Successful Landings
The results of this exercise were unique: most of the pilots accomplished successful landings right 'on the spot' during their first, or at most their second attempt The first Iraqi pilots to convert to the MiG-21 did so during a six-week course at Lugovaya air base in the USSR, in late 1961 and early 1962. They all returned to Iraq...
Here's how B-52 tail gunners made of the BUFF a MiG killer
"I fired at the bandit until it ballooned to 3 times in intensity then suddenly disappeared from my radar scope at approximately 1,200 yards, 6:30 low. I expended 800 rounds in 3 bursts," Airman 1st Class Albert Moore, B-52D Diamond Lil tail gunner If the U.S. Air Force Academy's landmarks could speak, the B-52 Stratofortress near the north gate would...
Former North Vietnamese MiG-21 pilot explains how he was able to shoot down a USAF B-52 during Operation Linebacker II
"I launched two heat seeking missiles from a distance of 2 kilometers. Big flames were visible around the second B-52 when I broke sharply to the left and descended to 2,000 meters," Pham Tuan, former NVAF MiG-21 pilot In response to the North Vietnamese "Easter Offensive" into South Vietnam in 1972, President Nixon suspended peace talks on May 8 and ordered...
India to gift three airworthy MiG-21s to Russia
The MiG-21s are in flight-worthy condition and will get new registration numbers and may be adopted for vintage flight The Hindu is reporting that India plans to donate three MiG-21s to Russia when Russian President Vladimir Putin visits New Delhi on Oct. 4 for an official visit. “Three MiG-21s are scheduled to be handed over to Russians based on a request...
Croatia to buy Israeli second-hand F-16C/Ds
The F-16 was offered for sale to Croatia by Greece and U.S. as well Croatia’s Defense Council has recommended that the country accept an offer from Israel to sell 10 F-16Cs and 2 F-16Ds. The country is shopping for a new fighter aircraft to replace its MiG-21 fleet. The F-16 was offered for sale to Croatia by Greece and U.S. as...
Here's how B-52 tail gunners made of the BUFF a MiG killer
The BUFF MiG kills were both scored during Operation Linebacker II, the Christmas strategic air offensive against the industrial and logistical heart of North Vietnam The BUFF MiG kills during the Vietnam War. The Boeing B-52 is the ultimate embodiment of the principle of strategic air power: developed to carry a hydrogen bomb over intercontinental ranges, the Stratofortress was used extensively...

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