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ACES and AERIAL VICTORIES: The United States Air Force in Southeast Asia 1965-1973

ACES and AERIAL VICTORIES: The United States Air Force in Southeast Asia 1965-1973 published on

Authored by Office of Air Force History, U.S. Air Force

During the war in Southeast Asia, U.S. Air Force
fighter pilots and crewmen were repeatedly challenged by enemy MIG’s in the skies over North
Vietnam. The air battles which ensued were unique
in American history because U.S. fighter and strike
forces operated under stringent rules of engagement. With periodic exceptions, for example, MIG bases could not be struck. The rules generally forbade bombing or strafing of military and industrial targets in and around the enemy’s heartland, encompassing the capital of Hanoi and the port city of Haiphong. These restrictions gave the North Vietnamese substantial military advantage. Free from American attack and helped by its Soviet and Chinese allies, the enemy was able to construct one of the most formidable antiaircraft defenses the world has even seen. It
included MIG forces, surface-to-air missile (SAM)
batteries, heavy concentrations of antiaircraft artillery (AAA) units, and an array of early warning radar systems. These elements sought to interdict
and defeat the U.S. bombing campaign against
North Vietnam’s lines of communication and its
military and industrial base. The primary mission of U.S. fighter pilots was to prevent the North Vietnamese MIG’s from interfering with U.S. strike
operations. This book tells how American airmen-assisted by an armada of other USAF aircraft whose crews refueled their planes, warned of approaching enemy MIG’s and SAM’s, and flew rescue missions when they were shot down managed to emerge from their aerial battles with
both victories and honor.

Publication Date:
Mar 09 2015
1508789916 / 9781508789918
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
8″ x 10″
Black and White
Related Categories:
History / Military / Vietnam War


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