More than a generation after it ended, Americans are still looking for ways to comprehend what was, at the time it ended, the country's longest war.
Here we offer a series of articles reporting the experiences of aircrews who fought in Vietnam and analyzing U.S. air combat strategies and culture of the time. From the emergence of the helicopter to B-52 bombing campaigns to postwar meetings between U.S. and North Vietnamese airmen, our "Vietnam Memoir" series examines the airplanes and missions that figured prominently in the lives of a generation of veterans.
In the final days of the Vietnam war, chaos and heroism converged in the effort to evacuate U.S.-supplied aircraft.
Grumman's triple-tail, bug-eyed, heat-seeking camera platform.
A daring mission to fly combat in Vietnam came with a catchno one else could know.
For pilots shot down over North Vietnam, the way home was jolly and green.
When Robin Olds arrived in Vietnam, morale soared.
Flying Wild Weasel missions involved a variety of airframes but just one philosophy: Do unto SAMS before they do unto you.
In the remote highlands of Laos, U.S. Air Force pilots fought a secret war.
If you remember Vietnam, you remember the Bell UH-1.
As an F-4 Phantom pilot, I had tried to kill these men. And they had tried to kill me. I thought it was time we had a talk.