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Tag: SA-2 Guideline

The story of the Wild Weasel Mission of Lincoln 03 and the Medal of Honor awarded to Maj. Merlyn Dethlefsen
Though he would have been in his right by USAF procedure to follow the rest of the aircraft and leave the area for Takhli, Maj. Merlyn Dethlefsen elected to take another crack at the SAM site as he knew more of his fellow pilots would be returning over the next several days.
The unknown story of U-2 flight that went lost over the North Pole and nearly escalated the Cuban Missile Crisis
Two Air Defense Command Convair F-102 Delta Dagger interceptors were scrambled to counter the MiG-19s and guide the U-2 home. On each Delta Dagger were nuclear-tipped GAR-11 Nuclear Falcon missiles... If there was any one factor during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 that could have escalated the situation out of the...
How U.S. secretly tested the A-12 RCS during the Cuban Missile Crisis
During the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, nineteen SA-2 missile sites were constructed on the island supported by P-14 "Tall King" radars. Oxcart planners realized they had a unique opportunity to test the sensitivity of the latest in Soviet defense radars When the Lockheed U-2 made its first overflight of the Soviet Union...
The Incredible Story of the A-6 Intruder that dodged 5 SAMs before conducting a perfect Attack on Heavily Defended Ferry Docks near Downtown Hanoi
'Intelligence reported that the SA-2 couldn't track below 1500 ft. We were disturbed to see that their assessment was incorrect', Lt Lyle Bull, A-6 Intruder B/N Grumman's A-6 Intruder was the 'Main Battery' of carrier aviation throughout the Vietnam War. It represented the most capable medium attack aircraft in-theatre for the entire conflict, being capable of striking targets with a...
Remembering the Shootdown of Lt. Commander John McCain over Hanoi
Due to his father's status as an admiral, John McCain was offered early release, but refused - citing the American Fighting Man's Code of Conduct principle of "first in, first out": he would only accept the offer if every man taken in before him was released as well With the following article, titled Breaking the Chain... The Shootdown of Lt....
That time North Korea fired SA-2 SAMs at SR-71 Blackbird
SR-71 pilot Maj. Maury Rosenberg and RSO Maj. E. D. McKim were making their final pass on the DMZ, heading southwest, when North Korea fired two Soviet SA-2 SAMs at their aircraft The SR-71, unofficially known as the “Blackbird,” was a long-range, advanced, strategic reconnaissance aircraft developed from the Lockheed A-12 and YF-12A aircraft. The first flight of an SR-71 took place...
The story of the SR-71 Blackbird that outran Gaddafi's SAMs during a BDA flight of Libya in support of Operation Eldorado Canyon
"It is a race the SR-71 will not let us lose. The Mach eases to 3.5 as we crest 80,000 feet. We are a bullet now – except faster. Screaming past Tripoli, our phenomenal speed continues to rise, and the screaming Sled pummels the enemy one more time, laying down a parting sonic boom..." SR-71 Blackbird Vs Gaddafi's SAMs. On Apr. 14,...
The incredible story of the F-4G Wild Weasel that dodged 6 SAMs in few seconds During Operation Desert Storm
"I looked in the direction of the launch indication on the scope and saw a sight I'd never hoped to see. SA-2 missiles were headed towards us!," Jim Schreiner, former F-4G Wild Weasel pilot The F-4G Wild Weasel was a modified F-4E fighter with its cannon replaced by AN/APR-47 electronic warfare equipment. Its mission was to attack enemy air defenses,...
That time an RA-5C Vigilante took a picture of a SA-2 surface to air missile passing just 104 feet from its belly
No one knows why it did not detonate although the most likely theory is that the missile had not reached its arming time when it shot past the wildly jinking RA-5C The A-5 Vigilante was a carrier based supersonic bomber designed by North American for the U.S. Navy. Its service in the nuclear strike role (replacing the Douglas A-3 Skywarrior)...
Designated F-105F Wild Weasel III, the aircraft replaced the F-100F Wild Weasel I in the summer of 1966 and became the backbone of USAF SAM suppression during Operation Rolling Thunder The Republic F-105 Thunderchief, nicknamed the "Thud," evolved from a 1951 project aimed to replace the company F-84F fighter-bomber. The prototype YF-105A first flew in October 1955, and Republic delivered...