Vietnam War Military Aviation Links

Vietnam War Military Aviation Links

If you know of any good websites or air war stories on the web that you think should be added to this list, tell us by sending us a link to the web page in the comment box at the end of the links.

Web Sites about F-4 Phantoms

USAF & Navy Aircraft Used in Vietnam

Vietnam Aviation Stories

  • Spad Stories – Various authors relate their combat experiences in the A-1.  It also has downloadable video clips of actual A-1 combat missions.
  • Jim “Jink” Bender – An A-1 Story
  • Terry Bolstad & Robert Arnau – Bad News on the PDJ
  • Robert DeGroat – The Sandy Spad
  • Mel Elliott – Plei Me
  • Jon Ewing – Belly Landing at Ubon
  • Harry S. Gann – Jack Spanich & Skyraider Warbirds
  • Byron Hukee – Down There Amongst Them
  • George Marrett – The Jollys Get an Assist
  • Al Martin – Down on the PDJ
  • Tom Nelson – Spads . . . & Navy Spad Pilots . . . Between the Wars
  • Jim Reid – Spad Sand Blower
  • Jim Reid – That Damn Tow Plane
  • Bob Russell – Why Yes . . . I Flew Spads
  • Lt. Dieter Dengler’s Escape from Laos.  Lt. Dengler’s A-1 Skyraider was shot down on his first mission over North Vietnam.  This page has an audio clip of Dieter talking about his rescue with Gene Deatrick, the USAF A-1 Sandy driver who spotted Dieter on the ground.
  • Medal of Honor Mission of Major Bernard F. Fisher, USAF, who landed his A-1 in hostile territory and picked up a downed pilot.  This page has part of the audio tape of Fisher’s mission.
  • Tullo and the Giant by Robert A. Hanson, Air & Space Magazine, June/July 1997.  On July 27, 1965, Capt. Frank Tullo’s F-105 was went down over North Vietnam.  This is the story of his rescue by a CH-3 helicopter.
  • Counterpunch by Robert A. Hanson, Air & Space Magazine, August/September 1998.  On December 22, 1965, Captain Jack Donovan, an electronics warfare officer, and his pilot, Captain Allen Lamb, took their F-100F into North Vietnam in search of SAMs during the pioneer days of the Wild Weasel mission.
  • Mocked by the Mach by Thomas Utts.  A ground pounder’s tale of his backseat ride in an F-105 Thunderchief.
  • Change of Command by Ralph F. Wetterhahn, Air & Space Magazine, August/September 1997.  Flying F-4s with Robin Olds in the Triple Nickel Tactical Fighter Squadron out of Ubon Royal Thai Air Base, Thailand, in 1965.
  • Robin Olds by Chief Master Sgt. Tom Kuhn, Airman Magazine.  General Olds’ background.
  • She’s a Lady by Brig. Gen. Robin Olds, USAF (ret.).  The legendary fighter pilot’s tribute to the Phantom.
  • A Group Called Wolf by Lt. Col. Mark E. Berent, USAF (ret.).  Mark describes what the Wolf FACs were and what they did.
  • The Glorification of War on the Fourth by JD Wetterling, who flew 268 combat missions in F-100s in the Vietnam War.  JD describes a night scramble of a two ship of Huns to provide close air support to a fire base under attack.
  • Steve Richie, USAF’s first pilot ace of the Vietnam war.
  • The Easter Halt by Walter J. Boyne, from Air Force Magazine, September 1998 – How Air Power Repelled North Vietnam’s invasion of South Vietnam in the spring of 1972
  • Sandy Superb by John L. Frisbee, from Air Force Magazine, May 1988
  • Still the Noblest Calling by JD Wetterling, from the Wall Street Journal.  JD describes his first visit to the Vietnam War Memorial and remembers three close friends and fellow F-100 pilots who were killed in action.
  • Interview with Major Ed Rasimus (USAF, Ret) about his experiences flying the F-105 and F-4 during two tours in SEA and his book entitled “When Thunder Rolled”
  • Shoot Down of Covey 264 – Bill Townsley tells how he got shot down on January 18, 1969, over the Ho Chi Minh Trail

Vietnam Era Fighter/Bomber Ordinance

  • AIM-7 Sparrow – All aspect radar guided air intercept missile.

Vietnam Era Military Aviation Associations

Roman 02 SAR

Helborn 20 SAR – 25 Jul 68

Master 01 SAR

Scotch 03 SAR – 30 Jun – 1 Jul 68

Jolly Green 71 shot down by Mig 21

Gunfighter 82 SAR – 18 Dec 71

Icebag 01B SAR – 12 May 72

Military or Vietnam Aviation Related

  • Stolen Valor – one of my favorite Vietnam books.  It debukes many media-feed popular, but false public beliefs about Vietnam veterans.  It also tells the story of many Vietnam wannabes discredited by the author.
  • Return with Honor – An excellent documentary about the men who endured the hardship and torture in the Hanoi Hilton, told by them in their own words.
  • Dick Jonas Site – Dick Jonas, fighter pilot and combat veteran, is the Vietnam era fighter pilots’ unofficial balladeer.  His Vietnam fighter pilot songs are available for purchase here.
  • – The official site for information about Jane Fonda’s trip to North Vietnam in 1972.
  • Task Force Omega – this site contains biographies and incident reports of Vietnam war prisoners of war and men who are missing in action (MIA)
  • The Iron Hand Troll – Robert King’s first-hand recollections of as a Wild Weasel bear flying the Thud in Southeast Asia and the in the U.S.

United States Air Force

Military Aviation Units

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About the Author:

Rick Keyt has practiced law in Arizona since 1980. He flew the F-4 Phantom for five years in the United States Air Force, including combat missions over South Vietnam, North Vietnam and Laos in 1972. For more about Rick's bio including his F-4 bio see his resume on his law website. Connect with Richard at 480-664-7478 or on Google+

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