Vietnam War

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

“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

2 weeks ago

C-130 Spare 617 landed safely after the cargo compartment caught fire, 2 ammo pallets exploded mid-air, 87 rounds hit its right side and engines 3 and 4 took 12 rounds of 51-cal shells

C-130 Spare 617 Originally designed by Lockheed (now Lockheed Martin) as an assault transport able to operate from unpaved airstrips,… Read More

4 weeks ago

This HH-3E Jolly Green Giant CSAR helicopter RTB with 68 bullet holes, a shot-out windshield and holes through the rotor blades

The HH-3E Jolly Green Giant The HH-3E is the USAF version of the Sikorsky S-61 amphibious transport helicopter developed for… Read More

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Here’s how the Pilot of This C-130 was able to land Safely with his Flight Engineer Dead, with his Co-Pilot Wounded, with Just One Engine

The C-130 Hercules The US Air Force (USAF) issued its original design specification in 1951, yet the remarkable C-130 remains… Read More

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US Army UH-1 Huey crew member explains why he has great difficulty prepping raw meat for a meal since the mission where he had to evac seven KIA South Vietnam soldiers

The UH-1 Huey Nicknamed the “Huey” after the phonetic sound of its original designation, HU-1, the UH-1 “Iroquois” helicopter was the work horse… Read More

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That time a KC-135 Stratotanker crew crossed Vietnam DMZ and went into a dive to refuel a flamed out F-105 Thunderchief

The KC-135 Stratotanker The KC-135 Stratotanker was the first offspring of the Dash 80. It was designed specifically for aerial… Read More

2 months ago

The world’s only supersonic gun kill: how a USAF F-4E flying at Mach 1.2 gun killed a North Vietnamese MiG-19

The F-4E Phantom II The F-4E was essentially an F-4D with improved J79-GE-17 engines (900 pounds more static sea level… Read More

2 months ago

Operation Bolo: how Robin Olds F-4s disguised as F-105s shot down 7 North Vietnamese MiG-21s in 12 minutes

The F-4 Phantom II The F-4 Phantom II is one of the most important fighter aircraft of the jet era.… Read More

2 months ago

The story of an F-14 Tomcat CAP mission off the Vietnamese coast flown in preparation for Saigon, South Vietnam evacuation

Roger Ball! In the wake of the hard lessons of the Vietnam War, a pantheon of committed naval aviators struggled… Read More

2 months ago

Legendary fighter pilot Bob Pardo passed away. Here’s the story of when he used his F-4 to push a crippled F-4 to safety.

Bob Pardo has passed away Decorated US Air Force (USAF) fighter pilot and Vietnam veteran Retired Lt. Col. Bob Pardo… Read More

2 months ago

US Navy F-4 pilot who provided MiG CAP support for B-52s during Operation Linebacker II explains why BUFF Crews were scared of flying over Hanoi

Operation Linebacker II In 1972, Operation Linebacker broke the North Vietnamese Easter Offensive and convinced Hanoi to negotiate for peace.… Read More

2 months ago

Black Orions! The P-3 Aircraft operated by CIA for Black Flights over China and North Vietnam (one is believed to have Shot Down a MiG by means of a Sidewinder Missile)

The P-3 Orion The P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft was based loosely on the Lockheed L-188 Electra airliner. Development of… Read More

3 months ago

US Navy F-4 pilot recalls when he got into a fist fight with his RIO after a combat mission. The next day they flew together like nothing had ever happened.

The RIO or Radar Intercept Officer A normal mission for any fighter aircraft is to intercept an airborne target. To… Read More

3 months ago

Big Eye protectors: the story of the F-104 Starfighter missions flown to protect EC-121D Warning Star aircraft during the Vietnam War

The F-104 Starfighter in the Vietnam War A primary role for the F-104 Starfighter in Southeast Asia was the protection… Read More

3 months ago

The mysterious losses of Misty FAC F-100 Super Sabre crews in Vietnam

The F-100 Super Sabre in Vietnam While the F-105 Thunderchief and F-4 Phantom II flew the majority of the fighter-bomber… Read More

3 months ago

This Naval Aviator Nearly-Fatally Wounded Himself to Convince North Vietnamese that He Was Willing to Die rather than to Capitulate to Their Demands

James Stockdale James Bond Stockdale, US Naval Academy Class of ’47, is the epitome of leadership and inspiration, as well… Read More

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