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Alone Vs six MiGs: the legendary Dogfight of Dick “Brown Bear” Schaffert
Schaffert had survived a gruelling ten-minute solo combat with six MiGs — a classic engagement still examined at Topgun decades later During the Vietnam War, the 'Sundowners' (VF-111) logged six deployments, scoring MiG kills in F-8s and F-4 Phantom IIs. Noteworthy one of the highlights of the 1967...
The story of VF-51 Screaming Eagles F-4 Phantom II’s Flamboyant Markings in Vietnam
VF-51 F-4 had one of the most flamboyant Phantom markings to go to sea- what rival squadrons called the "Supersonic Can Opener" was a bright eagle marking with tail feathers that splayed out on the rear fuselage During Operation Linebacker over Vietnam in 1972, the two McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II squadrons...
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...
Lt. Cdr. Amen made aviation history by scoring the first air-to-air victory in an all jets dogfight when he downed Grachev's MiG-15 The Korean war, that raged for three years from Jun. 25, 1950 to Jul. 27, 1953, saw the first widespread use of jet engine-powered fighter aircraft for both sides of a conflict. These machines brought the air combat to...

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