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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...
These Men were the first Top Gun Graduates to score a MiG Kill
Beaulier went after the second MiG, using a 'lag pursuit' tactic to give his F-4J Phantom II the correct distance for an AIM-9D shot... The main image of this article shows Lt Jerry Beaulier (left) and Lt(jg) Steve Barkley (sporting his famous moustache) of VF-142 eagerly examine a congratulatory bottle of champagne, presumably from the carrier battle group commander, after...
Former Tomcat RIO explains how a well trained F-14 crew could face alone 5 gutsy F-4 Phantoms
"As the Phantom neared the end of twenty-five years as a front-line fighter with the U.S. Navy, its aircrews wanted to show they still had it. Meanwhile, we Tomcat crews wanted to demonstrate the superiority of our still-new fighter," Dave "Bio" Baranek, Tomcat RIO with twenty years experience F-14 Tomcat Vs F-4 Phantom. In the early 1980s the Soviet-built MiG-23 Flogger caused...
The story of the A-4 Mongoose, the light attack plane that became the perfect adversary aircraft
Because of its air-to-air prowess the A-4 was soon nicknamed Mongoose, and provided to most fighter pilots the experience necessary to prepare them for actual combat Even if the legendary Douglas A-4 was designed as a simple light weight Navy carrier attack plane, the Skyhawk served in many different roles such as aerial refueling, nuclear strike and also as adversary...

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