By Lindsay Peacock

The Osprey wrestle airplane sequence comprised a few monographs on glossy US and Soviet army plane and helicopters. The textual content offered a concise improvement and repair historical past of the airplane, however the major allure of every identify was once the illustrations.

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Le Hai jettisoned his external fuel tanks, accelerated to 800 km/h, evaded the oncoming missile and climbed to 2700 m. Luu Huy Chao followed his wingman and gave cover, while Le Hai turned left and tried in vain to hit one of their attackers. The enemy leader made a steep turn, so Le Hai chose to pursue his wingman. Turning left and dropping the nose of his MiG so as to lose height, he quickly and closed on the Phantom II. He opened fire at a diatnace of 300 m, and after his second burst the F-4 caught fire and crashed into the sea (no losses were noted by the Americans on this day).

Crebo managed to nurse his damaged A-4 back out sea before ejecting, but Stackhouse failed to go 'feet wet' and was made a PoW. The victorious MiG pilots duly disengaged and turned for home, only to discover that they had a Crusader on their tails, which chased them as far as Hai Duong. A SAM unit at Kim Thanh finally scared it off, and the relieved pilots all landed safely at Gia Lam. In the spring of 1967 seven pilots, including MiG-17 airmen Nguyen Van Bay, Luu Huy Chao, Le Hai and Nguyen Dinh Phuc, were decorated by Ho Chi Minh for their service since the outbreak of the air war.

These MiGs show signs of having their previous national insignias painted over, the new VPAF markings being applied over crudely-sprayed patches. This would suggest that they are ex-Chinese Shenyang J-5s rather than Sovietbuilt MiG-17Fs. All four jets are being prepared for an imminent launch {VPAF Museum) A 921st Fighter Regiment IVNG-17PF 'Fresco-D' undergoes a pre-flight check on 3 February 1966. That night Lam Van Lich claimed to have shot down two A-1H Skyraiders (via Istvan Toperczer) Technicians complete their final checks on Ngo Due Mai's MiG-17.

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