The USAF introduced the F-4C Phantom II into the Vietnam war in April 1965 from Ubon RTAB, Thailand. The F-4C/D soon became the Air Force's principal fighter over the North, destroying 85 MiGs by the close of 1968. This book describes how the USAF turned a gunless naval interceptor into an opponent to the more nimble VPAF MiGs. It explains how the Air Force gradually followed US Navy initiatives in the use of the F-4's missile armament but employed very different tactics and aircrew training. The roles of key personalities such as Col. Robin Oldany are discussed, together with armament and markings, crews and engagements.After their F-4D-30-MC (66-7533) was damaged by 57 mm AAA near Phuc Yen airfield in September 1967, ILt George McKinney and his pilot ... Maj Boothby sustained a knee injury that required prolonged treatment at Clark AB before completing his 100 missions a#39;Up Northa#39;. ... Doing so required full manual depression of the left rudder pedal, and holding the stick within one inch of the left limit of travel.
|Title||:||USAF F-4 Phantom II MiG Killers 1965-68|
|Publisher||:||Osprey Publishing - 2012-11-20|