|Jeffrey S. Feinstein|
January 29, 1945 |
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Air Force|
|Years of service||1963–1996|
|Awards|| Air Force Cross
Silver Star (4)
Legion of Merit
Distinguished Flying Cross (5)
Bronze Star Medal
Jeffrey S. Feinstein (born January 29, 1945) is a retired career officer of the United States Air Force. In 1972 during the Vietnam War, while flying as a weapon systems officer aboard F-4 Phantom IIs, Feinstein downed five enemy aircraft, thereby becoming a flying ace, the last of five U.S. aviators to become aces during that conflict.
Early life and military career
Born in Chicago, Illinois, on January 29, 1945, Feinstein enlisted in the Air Force in 1963 to attend the United States Military Academy Preparatory School. He subsequently entered the United States Air Force Academy in 1964 and graduated in 1968. His actions, for which he received multiple awards of the Distinguished Flying Cross and Silver Star for his first four kills and the Air Force Cross for his fifth kill, took place prior to and during Operation Linebacker in 1972 while Feinstein, assigned to the 80th Fighter Squadron, was detached to the 13th Tactical Fighter Squadron, part of the 432d Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, based at Udorn Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand.
His nickname/tactical callsign was "Fang." Having originally been designated as an Air Force Navigator, he was given a vision waiver after Vietnam (Feinstein wore glasses to correct mild nearsightedness to 20/20), sent to Undergraduate Pilot Training and redesignated as an Air Force pilot in the fighter community.
Feinstein subsequently served as an F-4 pilot with the 526th Tactical Fighter Squadron of the 86th Tactical Fighter Wing at Ramstein Air Base, West Germany in the mid-1970s. From 1977 to 1978, he was assigned to Maxwell AFB, Alabama as a student at the Air Command and Staff College, followed by another flying assignment with the 31st Tactical Training Wing at Homestead AFB, Florida. Reassigned to the 9th Air Force staff at Shaw AFB, South Carolina in the 1990s, Feinstein also flew as Airborne Command Element Director aboard E-3 Sentry AWACS aircraft during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm from August 1990 to February 1991.
Lieutenant Colonel Feinstein retired from the U.S. Air Force on 1 July 1996. In addition to his Command Pilot wings, Navigator wings, and Parachutist wings, Feinstein was awarded the Air Force Cross, Silver Star (4 awards), Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross with Combat "V" (5 awards), Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (4 awards), Aerial Achievement Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, and numerous unit, expeditionary and service awards.
MiG kill summary
|Date (1972)||TFS||Pilot||Weapon systems officer||Acft||Tail code||Call sign||Wpn||Kill|
|April 16||13||Major Edward D. Cherry||Capt Jeffrey S. Feinstein||F-4D 66-7550||PN||Basco 3||AIM-7||MiG-21|
|May 31||13||Capt Bruce G. Leonard, Jr.||Capt J.S. Feinstein||F-4E 68-0338||ED||Gopher 03||AIM-9||MiG-21|
|July 18||13||Lt Col Carl G. Baily||Capt J.S. Feinstein||F-4D 66-0271||OY||Snug 01||AIM-9||MiG-21|
|July 29||13||Lt Col Carl G. Baily||Capt J.S. Feinstein||F-4D 66-0271||OY||Cadillac 01||AIM-7||MiG-21|
|October 13||13||Lt Col Curtis D. Westphal||Capt J.S. Feinstein||F-4D||OC||Olds 01||AIM-7||MiG-21|
- "MiG Killers: USAFA grads prove lethal to enemy pilots" (PDF). United States Air Force Academy. March 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2009-03-09.