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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...
F-104 Vs MiG-19: the story of the only air-to-air shoot-down of a Starfighter during the Vietnam War
Suddenly, Capt Smith F-104C Starfighter's right wing was hit by gunfire, blowing away the AIM-9B and launcher. His right arm was also struk by 37 mm bullet fragments… The F-104 Starfighter was lightning-fast, but despite its high performance, the diminutive Cold War fighter was not given much of a chance in the event...
RF-4C cockpit recording captures the moment its wingman is shot down by North Vietnamese SA-2
RF-4C Phantom tail #69-0355 went down during "Vietnam Ceasefire" ops while serving with the 14th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron of the 432nd TFW based at Udorn RTFAFB, Thailand. The video in this post is the cockpit recording from RF-4C Phantom (callsign Dodge 1 NOT Fox as indicated in subtitles) during Vietnam War recon flight....
How Mi-6 Helicopters helped to protect VPAF MiG-17 fleet from U.S. Air Strikes
The MiG-17s were dispersed out into the country side, carried by large Mil Mi-6 helicopters to the dispersal sites and carried back to the airfields when missions were to be flown In the spring of 1966 U.S. aircraft targeted for the first time Vietnamese People's Air Force (VPAF) airbases. Previously considered off-limits...
Former C-5 pilot remembers his training on the Mighty FRED
"You could see it. You could see the hole in the back of the plane. You could see sunlight streaming in. Things started flying around. Eyeglasses. Pens . . . .” medical technicians aboard C-5 Number 68-0218. Tragically, the most widely publicized C-5 flight occurred on Apr. 4, 1975, when C-5A 68-0218 (S/N...
Here’s why the Infamous F-105 Pussy Galore was an Incredible Morale Booster
The instant Ms. Galore showed up, there were cries of “SHE’S HERE!” and Vic can see crews crowding the boom operator window for a view, with camera flashes going off also. One of the most famous, or infamous, depending on your point of view, F-105D was known as Pussy Galore. This aircraft...
“Spads four - MiGs nothing”: Skyraider MiG Kills Part II
Seldom emphasized about the second Skyraider-MiG encounter of the Vietnam War is the probability that three MiGs were destroyed by Spads. Seldom emphasized about the second Skyraider-MiG encounter of the Vietnam War is the probability that three MiGs were destroyed by Spads. As explained by Wayne Mutza in his book The A-1 Skyraider...
Here’s how you can land a C-7 Caribou on an Austere Field Over a Hilltop
"We had stopped with just enough runway overrun remaining to turn sharply to taxi back to the cargo ramp area. Another five feet and we’d have been bouncing down the slope into the jungle, and infamy," Jay Lacklen, former C-7 pilot Jay Lacklen is a former C-7 pilot with 12,500 flying hours and the...
The Story of Chico the Gunfighter, the very unique Gun-Podded, Stormy Fast FAC F-4E Phantom II used during the Vietnam War
The Chico callsign alerted airborne FACs that a special F-4 was available. The unique artwork in this post was painted by Wade Meyers. Be sure to visit his site to see his beautiful paintings! Things were getting pretty hot in northern South Vietnam during the spring 1972 North Vietnamese Army...
A-1 Vs MiG-17: Skyraider MiG Kills Part I
Aboard Midway, the Spad's radio report was misunderstood as one of the Spads having been downed. Greathouse finally convinced the carrier that they were fine, but North Vietnam was minus a MiG. "You've been had by a Spad, dad." It was said on the radio by a cocky, grinning Skyraider pilot to an...

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