USS Ranger

A US Navy F-4 scored the first Official US Aerial Victory of the Vietnam War against a Chinese MiG-17. But it remained unconfirmed for many years. Here’s why.

A US Navy F-4 scored the first Official US Aerial Victory of the Vietnam War against a Chinese MiG-17. But it remained unconfirmed for many years. Here’s why.

Years after, in piecing together the events of the air battle, the destruction of the Chinese MiG-17 was given to… Read More

9 months ago

The story of the USAF B-52 Stratofortress Strategic Bomber that did a fly-by below the flight deck of USS Ranger Aircraft Carrier

In 1990 a USAF B-52 Stratofortress strategic bomber was five miles out from USS Independence and asked permission to do… Read More

1 year ago

A Life-or-Death Experience: Former F-14 pilot tells the story of when he and his RIO had a Tomcat single-engine cat shot

“As I quickly found out, the F-14 could fly single-engine, even with full fuel and a typical loadout. Our Tomcat… Read More

2 years ago

[Updated] That time a USAF B-52 Strategic Bomber did a fly-by below the flight deck of USS Ranger Aircraft Carrier

B-52 Pilot: “Ranger, we’re 5 miles out.”USS Ranger: “We do not have visual...”B-52 Pilot: “Look down” Taken in the spring of 1990 in… Read More

4 years ago

This U.S. Navy F-4B was able to make an emergency landing aboard USS Ranger after her radome was destroyed by Vietnamese AAA

F-4B emergency landing The main image of this article shows a U.S. Navy McDonnell F-4B Phantom II (BuNo 150643) of… Read More

5 years ago

A BLAST FROM THE PAST: FORMER U.S. NAVAL AVIATOR DESCRIBES HIS FAVORITE AIM-9 SIDEWINDER MISSILE LAUNCH

"As a veteran of many missile shots, both AIM-9 and AIM-7, this was the most challenging due to the speeds involved… Read More

7 years ago

TOMCAT SINGLE-ENGINE CAT SHOT: A LIFE-OR-DEATH EXPERIENCE

The F-14 Tomcat The F-14 Tomcat was a powerful, complex, and demanding aircraft to fly, and those terms applied during… Read More

7 years ago