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The Aero Experience is a celebration of Midwest aviation and aerospace achievement. We invite you to join us as we explore the treasures of Midwest aviation through first-hand experiences. Our contributors take turns flying lead, and we are always looking for new destinations. Check in with The Aero Experience frequently to see where we will land today, and then go out and have your own aero experiences!

Blue skies,

Carmelo Turdo, Mark Nankivil and Fred Harl - The Aero Experience Team

Thursday, June 6, 2013

National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Visit: The Vietnam War Era

By Fred Harl
The Aero Experience visit to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force takes us to the Vietnam War Era gallery.  Again it is dark and gloomy, like an R.G. Smith oil painting, with war clouds hanging over Southeast Asia.  Many of the Cold War Era aircraft and weapons were tested in this arena, with some performing well in a foreign environment while others proved inadequate for the task.  Putting the round peg of European-centric tank warfare weapons in the square hole of the Southeast Asian jungle was a daunting task indeed, but one that the U.S. military performed with the same grit and skill that it showed in past conflicts.  Here are some views of the U.S. Air Force aircraft and weapons that were used in this conflict:

North American F-100F Super Sabre

Republic F-105G Thunderchief

McDonnell Douglas F-4C Phantom II

Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21PF Fishbed D, The Phantom's Adversary

McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo

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