List of Vietnam War flying aces

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The following is a list of flying aces of the Vietnam War

Name Country Service Victories
Nguyễn Văn Cốc[1] North Vietnam North Vietnam Air Force 9
Capt. Charles B. "Chuck" DeBellevue[2] United States United States Air Force 6
LT Randall "Duke" Cunningham[3] United States United States Navy1 5
LTJG William P. Driscoll United States United States Navy 5
Capt. Steve Ritchie[4] United States United States Air Force1 5
Capt. Jeff Feinstein[5] United States United States Air Force 5
Nguyễn Văn Bảy[1] North Vietnam North Vietnam Air Force 5
Nguyễn Đức Soát[1] North Vietnam North Vietnam Air Force 5
Vũ Ngọc Đỉnh [1] North Vietnam North Vietnam Air Force 5

1Cunningham and Ritchie were the only American pilot aces of the Vietnam War. The other three were Weapon Systems Officers (Air Force) or Radar Intercept Officers (Navy). Robin Olds was a triple ace who flew in the Vietnam War, but only 4 of his 16 kills were from Vietnam, the other 12 were from WWII and the Korean War.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Phantom and Thud Killers". acepilots.com. 2014. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  2. ^ Futrell,, R. Frank (1976). United States Air Force in Southeast Asia 1965-1973: Aces and Aerial Victories. Air University, Headquarters USAF. pp. 93–105. 
  3. ^ "F-4 Phantom Pilot, Navy Ace in Vietnam". acepilots.com. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "Brig. Gen. Steve Ritchie". tripod.com. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Jeffrey S. Feinstein". militarytimes.com. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "Robin Olds, 84, Fighter Ace and Hero of Big Vietnam Battle, Dies". Retrieved 10 October 2014. 

External links[edit]

  • Toperczer, Istvan. MiG-21 Units of the Vietnam War.Osprey Combat Aircraft #29. 2008; ISBN 978-1-84176-263-0.
  • Michel III, Marshall L. Clashes, Air Combat over North Vietnam 1965-1972. Naval Institute Press 1997. ISBN 978-1-59114-519-6.