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Favorite Vietnam War Aircraft  
User currently offlinePJFlysFast From United States of America, joined May 2006, 463 posts, RR: 1
Posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 19607 times:

In light of the recent topic "Favorite WW2 Aircraft" I wanted to know what your favorite Veitnam War aircraft was?

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User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 1, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 19632 times:

From my own branch:

The old DogBird. Loved flying it. I would give anything to get to fire some 2.75" SSFFARs off those wings again! I get goosebumps just thinking about it.
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From the Air Force:

The AC-47. Spooky. Take my word for it, there is one up there at the top of those tracer trails. It was, as we said at the time, "a pee-bringer" The sound was wonderful!
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From the Navy:


In case you just fell off the turnip truck, that is an F-8 Crusader, not a SLUF.
Now I have to confess, I never saw an F-8 in combat. I just love the airplane. The only Navy aircraft I ever got to see were the Huey "Seawolf" gunships based at Dong Tam. Hey, one Huey is pretty much like another but the Crusader was like nothing before or since.

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From the United States Marine Corps:

That, gentlemen, is an OV-10 Bronco. There are some weapon systems that just look the part: The Thompson submachinegun, the BAR and the OV-10 to name but three.

Honorable mention to (Army) Hueys, Air Force Skyraiders (all bailed from the Navy  Smile) and Navy F-4s.



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User currently offlineATCT From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2275 posts, RR: 38
Reply 2, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 19632 times:

Definitely the F-105 Thunderchief.



The Cessna O-2 Skymaster is in a very close second!



ATCT



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User currently offlineAirSpare From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 589 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 19600 times:

I can't sy I have a favorite aircraft, but the two missions-
The Wild Weasels and the Recces (RF-4c).

Going through tech school and watching film from BDA missions from the Recces, damn, those guys had some guts. I don't think the the Wild Weasel pilots could not have even been human to take that job.

Gotta love the Thud! There was a thread a while back where many thought the Lightning II should have been named the Thunderchief II.

Cheers~



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User currently offlineEBJ1248650 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1932 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 19575 times:

Quoting PJFlysFast (Thread starter):
In light of the recent topic "Favorite WW2 Aircraft" I wanted to know what your favorite Veitnam War aircraft was?

For me it's the F-105 Thunderchief. A close second is the early F-4 Phantom II's. I'm not real wild about the long nose F-4E, though the RF-4 looks pretty decent to me.

I also like the A-1 Skyraider and the A-4 Skyhawk.



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User currently offlineConfuscius From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 3829 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 19564 times:

MiG-19 Farmer



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User currently offlineRyan h From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 1535 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 19554 times:

My favourite aircraft from the Vietnamwar is the F-4 Phantom II


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Although, the US Navy one looks the best.



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User currently offlinePJFlysFast From United States of America, joined May 2006, 463 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 19536 times:

SlamClick were you in Vietnam? If so what did you do?

User currently offlineMDorBust From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 19522 times:

I've always been particular to the A-6.

But on a tangent... Slam, that appears to be a non American F-8 operating off of an American carrier. Does anyone know how common that is?


User currently offlineRampRat74 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1525 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 19518 times:

A-5 Vigilante



User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 10, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 19485 times:

Quoting PJFlysFast (Reply 7):
SlamClick were you in Vietnam?

Yes I was, for 348 days, 300 missions, 1276 hours of combat time, but then, who is counting?

Quoting PJFlysFast (Reply 7):
If so what did you do?

What is your security clearance?
Seriously; US Army aviator, fixed wing, electronic surveillance.

Quoting RampRat74 (Reply 9):
A-5 Vigilante

I debated listing that one but I really don't think of it as a combat aircraft. I never saw one there - only around Pensacola. Speaking of which: One day in instrument training I was headed down that way "under the hood" when my IP yanked the hood off, yelling "Jeeeezus! Look at this!" An A-5, Viggie went over our head about a hundred feet - UPSIDE DOWN. The pilot was looking at us and casually waving a gloved hand. Damn that was cool. Nothing I'll ever do will be half so cool. The Viggie is just about perfect, so beautiful.



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User currently offlineHaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2098 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 19475 times:

The Vietnam era had so many cool planes and helos, and our carriers had such a diverse air group on them then (now going almost all F-18, yuck). While all the Century series fighters are cool the F-4 Phantom has always been a favorite of mine. Just a mean looking bad ass machine. I love the aerodynamic beauty of the F-104 and Vigilante and the Delta Dart and Dagger.. F-106/F-102 have always held a special place as we didn't do a lot of deltas in operation (XB-70 and the XF2Y, XV-15 i.e.).

So fixed wing the F-4, for helos the ubiquitious Huey which my father flew in the war and has always been my favorite helo period.



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User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8955 posts, RR: 60
Reply 12, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 19487 times:
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My pick.....the Helio U-5 Twin Courier:










I'd give anything to see it's performance numbers and read it's operating manual....surely the numbers are impressive, but my favorite thing about it is the secrecy and intrigue surrounding it. Apparently, only two were built, and they eventually went to India. From there, nobody seems to know what happened to them.

Based on what I've read about Air America, and their...ahem..."less than official" aircraft manufacturing practices, I wouldn't be at all surprised if they had something to do with the Twin Couriers.



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User currently offlineGhostbase From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 354 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 19425 times:

Right from the start of the conflict my USAF choice would be the recon RF-101C Voodoo flown by the 'Cotton Pickers' and the 'Polka Dots'. A very large fast aircraft with stubby wings, acknowledged as difficult to handle, often flying on their own over enemy territory.

For the USN it would be the A-3 Skywarrior, specifically the RA-3B which was flown by VAP-61 as well as the EA-3B which provided SAM threat warning as well as ELINT duties. The Skywarrior's role in the conflict seems largely ignored which is sad as many ended up at the bottom of the Gulf of Tonkin and in fact at least one was shot down by a MiG.

For the USMC it would be the ancient 'DRUT' - the EF-10B Skynight - which accompanied the first 'Iron Hand' anti-SAM attacks in 1965. The Skynight had achieved fame as the first jet to shoot down another jet at night during the Korean War 13 years earlier!

For the Army it would have to be the OH-6A 'Loach', it really must have taken guts to have skittered around the sky in that tiny little tadpole shaped helo.

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User currently offlineDougloid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 19418 times:

Guys, guys.....the AD4 Skyraider.....

User currently offlineAirSpare From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 589 posts, RR: 6
Reply 15, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 19407 times:

I am surprised that I didn't mention the "other" Recce, the SR-71 flew one hell of a lot of missions out of the Det at Kadena.

But if your not getting muddy, or a few kills, there's not much glory.

Proudly can say "Been there, done that!".



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User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 16, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 19409 times:

Quoting 2H4 (Reply 12):
Helio U-5 Twin Courier

Never saw one. Air America had a number of Dornier DO-28 like this:

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And for civil aircraft, the Vietnam war was interesting too. Air America had Helio Couriers, Pilatus turbo-Porters, twin Beeches, Volpar twin Beeches and even DC-3 and Caribou. They also had Bell 204s, the B-model Huey. Air Vietnam (known affectionately as Air Nuoc Ma'am) had DC-3s, C-46, someone even had a Boeing 307 parked at Tan Son Nhut.

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And on a personal note, place of honor for this one:

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man I wanted to fly it!



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User currently offlineN911ME From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 117 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 19399 times:

I believe that some of the coolest aircraft ever built flew in the Vietnam conflict - I'd go with:

F-105F/G
AC-119J/K
AC-130A
AC-47D
RA-5C
AP-2H
OP-2E
A-1E
A-3D
F-4C/D
F-8J
A-26K
A-37A/B
ACH-47A

Just to name a few.....


User currently onlineJakeOrion From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 1253 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 19378 times:

I loved all the fixed wing aircraft of Vietnam, but overall, I have to say the Bell AH-1 takes the cake for my most favorite Vietnam era aircraft.


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User currently offlineMandala499 From Indonesia, joined Aug 2001, 6769 posts, RR: 76
Reply 19, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 19378 times:

Fav Vietnam Aircraft????

USAF: A-1 Skyraiders... the last effective Radial Piston Mud-Burner! Low-Slow-Death
US Army: Hueys... No doubt... Grunt Mover... "Aunt Agony"... you name it...
USMC: OV10s... Undisputable! Looks the part, does its magic!
USN: A-4 Scooters (ehem... Skyhawks)... Surprised no one mentioned it. COIN, Fast Observer, Mud Moving, Anti-Armour, you name it... Dump the load and see the Mig pilots sweat trying to get a bullet on one of these! If this one's disqualified, I'd go for the A5s  Smile
South Vietnam: F-5As...
NorthVietnam??? Well, the Mig19s... Silly plane that flew well  Smile

Btw, who operated the AH-1 Cobras then? US Army or USMC?
Other specialty notes: A-5 Vigilantees = first combat aircraft with active Flight Control System ?


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User currently offlineDlednicer From United States of America, joined May 2005, 543 posts, RR: 7
Reply 20, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 19366 times:
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Quoting SlamClick (Reply 16):
Air America had a number of Dornier DO-28 like this:

I was a little surprised when researching the comments for this aircraft that it had a service history with Air America:

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To quote the remark: A Dornier 28A, owned by American Pacific Air, flying out of Maui. Soon after this picture was taken it was sold to someone on the mainland. This aircraft, in its younger days, was owned by Air America and used in South Vietnam, Laos and Thailand.

On a related note, I'll be in Vietnam again in December. This time, I am going to hit the Air Force museum in Hanoi when its open. Last year it was a Monday, plus it was closed for renovations - it reopened in March. Last year, I also saw the B-52 Victory Museum and the Air Defence Museum, plus B-52 Lake. Any other recommendations in Hanoi or elsewhere?


User currently onlineJakeOrion From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 1253 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 19359 times:

Quoting Mandala499 (Reply 19):
Btw, who operated the AH-1 Cobras then? US Army or USMC?

It started for the US Army, but the USMC found the aircraft so useful for their operations they adopted the a/c and (obviously) continues to fly for them today.

http://www.faqs.org/docs/air/avcobra.html



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User currently offlineMandala499 From Indonesia, joined Aug 2001, 6769 posts, RR: 76
Reply 22, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 19355 times:

Oops... I didn't know that BOTH the Army and Marines operated the AH1 in Vietnam...

Thanks Jake,

Mandala499



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User currently onlineJakeOrion From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 1253 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 19352 times:

Quoting Mandala499 (Reply 22):
Oops... I didn't know that BOTH the Army and Marines operated the AH1 in Vietnam...

Yes, but the USMC didn't get their models until the 70s, when the war was starting to come to a close. So you could say that the Army used them for the majority of the war.

But your welcome.  

*EDIT*

Oh, there was this one story I heard while watching the Military channel.

A Mcdonnell Douglas MD 500 helicopter would be partnered with a AH-1 Cobra. The purpose of the 500 was to go into a supposedly infested Vietcong area, drop some bombs, gernades, or whatever else to flush out the Vietcong into attacking the 500. The 500 would zoom outta there and hand over the fight to the Cobra.

One Cobra pilot said, "Its unfair. Its basically they (MD 500 crew) walks up to the devil, kicks him in the balls, take off running, and we have to fight him!"

I was ROFL on that one.

[Edited 2006-10-25 19:07:36]


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User currently offlineHemispheres From United States of America, joined May 2004, 85 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 19318 times:

For me it's the F-100. The Hun is just beautiful. Especially in the Southeast Asia camo.

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25 SlamClick : Well, there is one for sale at my nearest airport. Fully flyable and no doubt comes with a checkout by none other than Skip Holm. It won't be cheap b
26 Post contains images 747400sp : I second both.
27 Exarmywarrant : A little off the subject, but we had a similar situation when we would go in to extract Special Forces recon teams. Just before we picked them up, th
28 KC135TopBoom : All of those, and others were great Vietnam War aircraft, along with the Mig-19s and (early) -21s. But the best airplane in the Vietnam War is: USAF/
29 Post contains images RAPCON : Favorite Vietnam War A/C: AC-47 SPOOKY!!!
30 PJFlysFast : I sure wouldn't want to be on the receiving end of spooky!
31 SlamClick : I have seen tracers going back UP at them! Not for very long, mind you, but I have seen VC shoot back at them. I was reminded of a garter snake that
32 Post contains images 2H4 : Wow, I've never seen such aggression from a garter snake. I would have enjoyed witnessing your evasive maneuvers... 2H4
33 PJFlysFast : Thanks SlamClick for serveing our country! I appreciate it. Were you a FO?
34 SlamClick : FO? Not sure, that has meant several things during my working life. First Officer? Not in Vietnam. "pilot" or "aircraft commander" F*** Off? Absolute
35 Drewfly : SlamClick, what was your primary aircraft over there? I didn't know that O-1s did ELINT.
36 Post contains links Keesje : The sixties produced an enormous numbert of great aircraft in all categories. Not to forget we are talking war here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Airc
37 KC135TopBoom : Yeah, it was something like 6500.
38 Dougloid : And that, my friends, is why you should look verrrrrrrry verrrrrrrrrrry carefully at spare helicopter parts where you do not personally know the prev
39 Post contains links and images MCIGuy : That'd be a tossup between the Thud and Double Ugly (F-4), particularly the E model. I'll always have a special place for the BUFF, but it's not just
40 Post contains images SlamClick : More personal info than I normally will post in open forum. I generally don't specify the outfits I've worked for as this leaves me feeling more free
41 Post contains images Greasespot : possibly a toss up for the F-4 as well. GS
42 Post contains links Arluna : For me it's gotta be the good old CH47A Chinook. I flew with a recovery unit called Pipesmoke and we pulled lots of downed A/C out and brought them ba
43 Mohavewolfpup : Parked here in las vegas at the north las vegas airport (still might be here) is a Russian Mig Fighter? I think it is. sticks out like a sore thumb at
44 PJFlysFast : Forward observer
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