January 02, 1967 : U.S. planes down seven enemy planes

Introduction

In what is described as the biggest air battle of the war to date, U.S. Air Force F-4 Phantom jets down seven communist MiG-21s over North Vietnam. The Phantoms were flying cover for F-105 Thunderchief fighter-bombers, which were attacking surface-to-air missile sites in the Red River Delta. During this operation, Col. Robin Olds shot down one of the MiGs, becoming the first and only U.S. Air Force ace with victories in both World War II and Vietnam (“ace” was a designation traditionally awarded for five enemy aircraft shot down).

Article Details:

January 02, 1967 : U.S. planes down seven enemy planes

  • Author

    History.com Staff

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    History.com

  • Year Published

    2009

  • Title

    January 02, 1967 : U.S. planes down seven enemy planes

  • URL

    http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/u-s-planes-down-seven-enemy-planes

  • Access Date

    November 20, 2017

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    A+E Networks