F-4 Phantom II vs MiG-21 by Peter Davies, Jim Laurier, Gareth Hector

By Peter Davies, Jim Laurier, Gareth Hector

F-4 Phantom II vs MiG-21 КНИГИ ;ВОЕННАЯ ИСТОРИЯ Издательство: Osprey Publishing LtdСерия: Duel 12Автор(ы): Peter DavisЯзык: EnglishГод издания: 2008Количество страниц: 42x2ISBN: 978-1-84603-316-2Формат: pdf OCRРазмер: 31,3 mb RAPIDили IFOLDER zero

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Although these missions marked the climax, and finale, of the one of its most valuable members on this date when Maj Roberr Lodge (and his WSO main air war, MiG-21s conrributedlitrle ro the defensive effort. Capt Roger Locher, who survived) was shot down and killed by a MiG-19 shorrly Although the VPAF claimed seven F-4s shot down (against three MiG-21 after he had shot down a MiG-21 (probably flown by Cao San Khao) for his third kill. casualties) during these night raids, the USAF recorded only two losses, of which Three MiG-21s were claimed in rerurn by the 555th TFS, including the first for F-4E 67-0234 of the 4th TFS/432nd TRW, downed on December 27/28, 1972, was future ace Capt Steve Ritchie.

On August 28, 1972, the USAF was at last able ro crown its first Viernam aces when Capt Steve Ritchie and his WSO destroyed their fifth MiG. DeBellevue, went on ro score a sixth vicrory the following monrh with Capt John Madden. The third F-4 ace was WSO SAF's apt Jeffrey Feinstein, who got his fifth MiG kill on Ocrober 8 with Lt Col Curris Westphal, who described the evenr: Aerial engagements continued occasionally in the four years between RoLLing Thunderand the final batrles. MiG-21 s destroyed two F-4Ds on December 18, 1971 Capr Feinsrein obrained a radar conract ar J 7 naurical miles.

Airfields further to the south. Nguyen Van Cae's second F-4 kill on May 7, 1968 came during a patrol by the three flights of MiG-2ls that had been specially deployed to Tho Xuan, in central North Vietnam, to intercept US Navy strikes. He recalled: Col Olds had rejected the gun pod for his fighters, but he told Korean War ace Col "Boots" Blesse of the 366th TFW that he would be "interested to see the results". His reservations were in the interests of his own pilots, untrained as they were for close combat.

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