Tag: Operation Linebacker II

Remembering Capt. Thomas, the co-pilot of Charcoal 01, the first B-52 shot down during Operation Linebacker II
He was the father of Derrick Thomas, a linebacker and defensive end for the Kansas City Chiefs who was elected to the NFL Hall of Fame in 2009. Capt Thomas never got to see his son play football An American flag serves as a backdrop to an image of Capt. Robert J....
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...
Aardvark Down: former F-111 WSO tells the story of his ejection over North Vietnam during Operation Linebacker II
  "If I had been superstitious at all, I probably wouldn't have flown the mission at all. Every one of the previous F-111s lost had a call sign ending in 3, and they had all gone down on a Monday night. December 22 was a Monday, and our call sign was Jackal 33," Bill Wilson, former F-111 WSO When Bill Wilson...
Impressive photos show B-52 bombers taking part in Operation Linebacker II, the Christmas bombings over North Vietnam which took place 45 years ago
During Operations Freedom Train and Linebacker the B-52 community played a major role in bringing north Vietnam back the negotiating table From Dec. 18 to Dec. 29, 1972, Andersen launched 729 sorties against 34 targets in North Vietnam as part of Operation Linebacker II. Andersen became the home to over 15,000 Airmen, 153 B-52 bombers and 20 support aircraft during...
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...
The strategic bombing over North Vietnam lasted 11 days and its success heralded the end of the conflict The U.S. Air Force (USAF) honored the memory of those who served in Operation Linebacker II with a remembrance ceremony Dec. 16, 2016 at Andersen Air Force Base (AFB), Guam. As explained by Airman 1st Class Jacob Skovo, 36th Wing Public Affairs in...

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