Tag: Operation Rolling Thunder

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 incredible story of the Air America UH-1D Huey that shot down a North Vietnamese AN-2 Colt biplane
The AN-2 pilot  was forced to reduce the speed and Woods fired an AK-47 rifle from his UH-1D at the cockpit of the Colt which went into a flat spin and crashed The incredible story of the first CIA air-to-air victory. In mid-1967 when Operation Rolling Thunder was underway the bad weather over North Vietnam made difficult to find and strike...