Vietnam War

Have Doughnut and Have Drill: the classified programs that optimized the F-4 Phantom II’s performance margin over the MiG-17 and MiG-21

Have Doughnut and Have Drill: the classified programs that optimized the F-4 Phantom II’s performance margin over the MiG-17 and MiG-21

Roger Ball! He was the second of two children and born on 25 January 1940 in Shandon Baptist Hospital in… Read More

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The F-105 pilot who glided his Thud to a safe landing with the fuel gauge reading “empty” after He directed a tanker to another F-105 dangerously low on fuel during a CSAR mission over North Vietnam

The F-105 Thunderchief In 1951 Republic Aviation began a project to develop a supersonic tactical fighter-bomber to replace the F-84F.… Read More

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US Navy F-4 Phantom II Pilot Randy Cunningham recalls the epic 1 V 1 dogfight that made him America’s First Ace Pilot since Korean War

The F-4 Phantom II Built as a high-altitude interceptor, the F-4 (F4H) Phantom II quickly demonstrated that it was a… Read More

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Here’s why before TOPGUN, Navy F-4 Phantom II fighter crews in Vietnam managed only a 2.5:1 kill ratio versus Soviet-built MiG-17 and MiG-21 fighters

Roger Ball! He was the second of two children and born on 25 January 1940 in Shandon Baptist Hospital in… Read More

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The Odyssey of Bat 21: the most famous EB-66 loss

Bat 21: the most famous EB-66 loss Reports of an impending communist invasion of South Vietnam were confirmed when Maj… Read More

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‘CH-47 crews can land the Chinook on water, shut down, climb up on top for a photo, then get back in, start up and take off.’ CH-47 pilot lists 14 Amazing Facts about Chinook Helicopter

The CH-47 The CH-47 Chinook is a descendent of the banana-shaped Piasecki helicopter designs of the 1940s and 1950s, such… Read More

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Did you know that even though the A-3 Skywarrior didn’t have a bombsight was the most accurate dive bomber during the Vietnam War?

The A-3 Skywarrior The Douglas A-3 Skywarrior was designed as a strategic bomber for the United States Navy and was… Read More

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The dogfight where US Navy A-1 Skyraider attack aircraft scored 1 confirmed and 2 probable MiG Kills

The A-1 Skyraider The “Able Dog” or “Spad,” as the A-1 Skyraider was called, earned its stellar reputation as one… Read More

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SR-71 RSO recalls when a KC-135Q Stratotanker flew unprotected into Northern Laos to save his Blackbird after it had a Double-Engine Flameout

The SR-71 Blackbird The SR-71, the most advanced member of the Blackbird family that included the A-12 and YF-12, was… Read More

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VF-51 Screaming Eagles F-4 Phantom II’s Flamboyant Markings in Vietnam were devised to be a magnet for enemy MiGs

The F-4 Phantom II In response to Navy requirements for a high-altitude interceptor to defend carriers with long-range air-to-air missiles… Read More

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US Naval Aviator recalls when a fellow A-7 Corsair II pilot used a $40K AGM-62 Walleye to destroy a $2K broken-down pickup truck blocking a road intersection during the Vietnam War

The AGM-62 Walleye Although designated an air-to-ground missile (AGM), the Martin Marietta AGM-62 Walleye was actually an unpowered glide bomb… Read More

2 months ago

A nightmare of the worst order: the US Navy F-4 pilot who caught #1 Wire on his RIO last night carrier landing

Roger Ball! He was the second of two children and born on 25 January 1940 in Shandon Baptist Hospital in… Read More

2 months ago

US Navy A-1 pilot recalls when his section of Skyraider attack aircraft shot down a North Vietnamese MiG-17 fighter jet

The A-1 Skyraider The “Able Dog” or “Spad,” as the A-1 Skyraider was called, earned its stellar reputation as one… Read More

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The VF-142 F-4B that was able to make an emergency landing aboard USS Ranger after her radome was destroyed by Vietnamese AAA

VF-142 F-4B emergency landing The featured image of this article shows a U.S. Navy McDonnell F-4B Phantom II (BuNo 150643)… Read More

2 months ago

The story of the famed photo of when a MiG-17 had a Tail Strike after completing a Loop during an Airshow (the Aircraft landed with very Minor Damage)

MiG-17 Tail Strike after completing a Loop Taken during a 1990 airshow in Harrison, Arkansas, the incredible photo in this… Read More

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“Wild Weasel sighted SAM site—Destroyed same.” The story of Wild Weasel’s First Kill

The F-100F Wild Weasel After the single-seat, supersonic F-100 fighter entered service in 1954, it developed a high accident rate,… Read More

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3 reasons why Legendary Ace Robin Olds hated F-4 Phantom II gun pod

Operation Bolo In late 1966, the USAF was not permitted to bomb North Vietnamese airfields and could only destroy enemy… Read More

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