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  • Vietnam Magazine

    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...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    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,...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    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...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Lords of the Sky

    Lords of the Sky: Fighter Pilots and Air Combat, From the Red Baron to the F-16  by Dan Hampton, William Morrow, New York, 2014, $29.99  The title of this massive tome says it all: Fighter pilots have commanded 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...