Luu Huy Chao

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Luu Huy Chao
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Luu Huy Chao
Native name
Lưu Huy Chao
AllegianceNorth Vietnam Democratic Republic of Vietnam
Service/branchVietnam People's Air Force (North Vietnamese Air Force)
Unit923rd Fighter Regiment
Battles/warsVietnam War

Luu Huy Chao (1936-; Vietnamese: Lưu Huy Chao) is a former pilot of the Vietnam People's Air Force and a Vietnam War flying ace. From 1966 until 1968, Lưu Huy Chao flew a Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 "Fresco" with the 923rd Fighter Regiment against the United States Air Force,[1] during which time he was credited with six air victories.[2] Luu Huy Chao was one of three pilots who flew MiG 17 aircraft to be confirmed by the US as aces.[3] The pilots were Luu Huy Chao, Le Hai and Nguyễn Văn Bảy.[4][5]

Early life[edit]

Luu Huy Chao was born in Thanh Hoa province in Vietnam. In 1957, he was accepted into the VPAF, and was sent to the People's Republic of China in 1959 for six years of training. After his return to North Vietnam in 1965, Chao flew a MiG-17 against the USAF. In February 1966, he shot down a C-47 carrying South Vietnamese infiltrators.[6]


  1. ^ Boniface, Roger (2010-01-01). MIGs Over North Vietnam: The Vietnam People's Air Force in Combat, 1965-75. Stackpole Books. ISBN 9780811706964.
  2. ^ Mersky, Peter (2014-11-20). F-8 Crusader vs MiG-17: Vietnam 1965-72. Osprey Publishing. ISBN 9781782008101.
  3. ^ Nordeen, Lon O. (2014-12-02). Air Warfare in the Missile Age. Smithsonian Institution. ISBN 9781588344397.
  4. ^ Toperczer, Istvˆn (2012-11-20). MiG-17 and MiG-19 Units of the Vietnam War. Osprey Publishing. ISBN 9781782006862.
  5. ^ Davies, Peter (2011-12-20). USN F-4 Phantom II vs VPAF MiG-17/19: Vietnam 1965-73. Osprey Publishing. ISBN 9781780962283.
  6. ^ Appy, Christian G. (2004-09-28). Patriots: The Vietnam War Remembered from All Sides. Penguin. ISBN 9781440626548.