SA-2 Guideline

During Operation Desert Storm an F-4G Wild Weasel dodged 6 SAMs in few seconds. Here’s how.

During Operation Desert Storm an F-4G Wild Weasel dodged 6 SAMs in few seconds. Here’s how.

‘I immediately selected AB, rolled the aircraft inverted, and pulled. All this while keeping the SA-2s on the beam. I… Read More

4 months ago

Outdated WWII tactics and Soviet-manned North Vietnamese SAMs: An in-depth analysis of how 15 B-52 bombers were shot down during Operation Linebacker II

While the Soviet SAMs, AAA, and Russian advisors had lot to do with shooting down 15 B-52s and damaging… Read More

5 months ago

That time an SR-71 Blackbird crew used the Morse code to say “F**k” off to North Korean regime (They were preparing to shoot SAMs in neutral airspace)

The very next day they attempted to shoot down the SR-71 Blackbird flown Murray Rosenberg and Ed McKim with an… Read More

6 months ago

Bat 21 Gene Hambleton tells the story of when his EB-66 was shot down and recalls his harrowing rescue

"They were within two minutes of picking me up and all at once the helicopter goes up in ball… Read More

7 months ago

Blackbird RSO tells the story of the first time SAM was fired at an SR-71 Mach 3+ Spy Plane

‘The time of missile launch was important; we were told countless times by our intelligence experts that the SA-2 missile’s… Read More

1 year ago

US Navy A-4 pilot explains how he was able to fly his stricken Skyhawk from Haiphong to the Gulf of Tonkin

‘All the warning lights were on, including the fire-warning light. The A-4 was on fire. There was smoke coming out… Read More

1 year ago

The story of the low-level flight tactics devised to allow Soviet M-4 and 3M Bison bombers to penetrate NATO air defence system

Between January and August 1964, research programme was held to investigate the possibility of maximum-range flights of Tu-95 and… Read More

2 years ago

Israeli F-4 Pilot tells the story of when his Kurnass flew through three consecutive SAM explosions during Yom Kippur War mission

“I decided to press ahead, even though I could see the SAM approaching us. In a split second my mind… Read More

2 years ago

The story of George ‘Bud’ Day, MoH Recipient, first jet pilot to survive `parachute-less’ ejection and first Commander of F-100 Misty FACs in Vietnam

In the search for an appropriate call-sign for the Commando Sabre sorties, Maj George 'Bud' Day remembered a song he… Read More

2 years ago

SR-71 RSO tells the story of the first time the Blackbird was shot at by missile

“Turning inbound on our first sensor run, I noticed the “R” light on my electronic countermeasures (ECM) panel was illuminated.… Read More

2 years ago

How Chinese SA-2 shot down a Taiwanese RB-57D and scored the first ever SAM-Kill

The first V-750 lifted off at 12:04hrs, soon followed by two more. About 40 seconds later, as the RB-57D was… Read More

3 years ago

Even if it was faster than the Blackbird, the SA-2 SAM was never able to hit the SR-71. Here’s why.

No Blackbird has ever been lost or damaged due to hostile action: in fact, even though over 4,000 missiles have… Read More

3 years ago

Voodoo over Cuba: the RF-101 Involvement in the Missile Crisis of October 1962

The RF-8A pilots also cast doubt upon the ability of USAF photo interpreters, and they were annoyed that the USAF… Read More

4 years ago

60 Years Ago Today, the Surface-To-Air Missile Scored the First Ever Successful Shoot-Down of an Aircraft

On Oct. 7, 1959 an S-75 Dvina surface-to-air missile was fired by China’s People's Liberation Army 2nd surface-to-air missile battalion… Read More

4 years ago

Takes Licking and Keeps on Flying: the story of LTJG Al Crebo and his Stricken A-4

LTJG Al Crebo wasn't able to get his stricken A-4E back aboard USS Bon Homme Richard but it did keep… Read More

4 years ago