Vietnam War

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 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

3 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

4 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

4 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

4 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

4 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

4 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

4 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

5 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

5 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

5 months ago

Huey crew members explain why UH-1 helicopters (almost) always flew with doors open during the Vietnam War

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

5 months ago

When China took control of the Paracel Islands after defeating South Vietnam (The US did not lend help to the South Vietnamese)

Paracel Islands had been claimed by South Vietnam and China since the departure of the French from their Indochina colony… Read More

6 months ago

The Story of the KC-135 Stratotanker pilot that went into a 20-degree dive to refuel a flamed out F-105 Thunderchief

The KC-135 Stratotanker The Boeing Company’s model 367-80 was the basic design for the commercial 707 passenger plane as well… Read More

7 months ago

US Army OV-1 pilot explains how he was able to shoot down a North Vietnamese MiG-17 by means of his Mohawk’s rockets and gun

The strangest aerial engagement of the Vietnam War In late February 1968, what was perhaps the strangest aerial engagement of… Read More

7 months ago

The story behind the Wolf Pack F-16 sporting a special tail flash honoring Robin Olds’ F-4C Phantom II

F-16 honoring Robin Olds Taken on Sep. 17, 2023 the interesting photo in this post shows F-16C Fighting Falcon 89-2060… Read More

7 months ago

Vietnam War AH-1 pilot who lifted four US Army soldiers clinging to the Cobra’s skids and rocket pods out of harm’s way received the Medal of Honor

On Sep. 5, 2023, President Biden awarded the Medal of Honor to former US Army Capt. Larry L. Taylor for… Read More

8 months ago