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    Operation Spring High: Thuds vs. SAMs

    The first attack against North Vietnamese SA-2 missile sites devolved into a debacle of dummy targets and downed aircraft, but it forced military leaders to find ways to counter the new threat. In March 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson,...

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    Saving Boxer 22

    In December 1969 the effort to recover two downed airmen snowballed into the biggest rescue mission of the Vietnam War...

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    Shadow and Stinger

    Shadow and Stinger by William P. Head. Texas A&M University Press, College Station, 2007, hardcover $49.95. All who served in Vietnam in the mid- 60s knew the venerable AC-47, better known as “Puff the Magic Dragon,” which entered...

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    Arsenal | A-4 Skyhawk

    From the first shot to the last, the Navy’s most prodigious attack aircraft of the war. On August 5, 1964, aircraft from the USS Constellation and Ticonderoga struck the North Vietnamese fuel depot at Vinh and three enemy PT boat bases....

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    Arsenal | MiG-21: Hanoi’s Aerial Equalizer

    The Mikoyan-Gurevich concept of a tailed delta wing interceptor with Mach 2 capability first flew in 1955, entered Soviet service in 1959 and remained in first-line service for more than 30 years—a record for progressive development,...

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    Building an OV-1D Mohawk

    Modelers can choose from two kits of the Grumman OV-1D, one in 1/72nd scale by Hase­gawa of Japan and a second, in 1/48th scale, by Roden from Ukraine. Roden also produces the earlier OV-1A and OV-1B/C kits, both of which are not meant...

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    Vietnam’s Wild Weasels

    A band of daring fliers team up in a classified program to take out the radars guiding their biggest threat—Soviet SA-2 Guideline missiles. Like many American boys who had grown up during World War II, Stan Goldstein was fascinated with...

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    Dodging SAMs—In An AC-130!

    It looked like curtains for the crew of the lumbering Spectre gunship as the surface-to-air missiles closed in for the kill. We slaughtered ’em. As that night’s first AC-130 Spectre gunship into Laos, we found trucks everywhere. In...

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    Arsenal | A-6 Intruder: Cutting-edge Attack in Vietnam

    The Grumman A-6 Intruder, developed in the late 1950s as a long-range all-weather nuclear strike aircraft, arrived in Southeast Asia in June 1965 and notched a number of firsts in Vietnam:  The Navy’s first attack plane able to...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Misty Fast FACs

    When the U.S. Air Force played Misty in Vietnam, the enemy ran for cover. As U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War escalated in the mid- 1960s, the angry skies over Southeast Asia took a mounting toll on American aircraft. Propeller-driven...

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    Arsenal | The F-104C Starfighter

      In December 1951, after Lockheed Corp. aircraft designer Clarence “Kelly” Johnson returned from meetings with U.S. Air Force pilots fighting over Korea, he was committed to developing the world’s fastest and highest-flying...

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    Arsenal | The RF-101C Voodoo

    On Oct. 23, 1961, the commander of the Thirteenth Air Force ordered the RF-101Cs of Task Force Pipe Stem to fly a reconnaissance mission over Tchephone airfield in Laos to confirm reports of a North Vietnamese and Soviet presence. The...

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    Arsenal | HH-53 Super Jolly Green Giant

    The HH-53's armor, heavy lifting capability, maneuverability, range and speed made it ideal for CSAR and special ops during the Vietnam War...

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    Arsenal | EC-121 Warning Star

    Based on the Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation, the EC-121 Warning Star carried the long-range and height-finding radars required to provide coverage and warning to U.S. aircraft operating over North Vietnam...