Upon request PELEGRIM gathered information about losses of Russian and American aircraft during the Vietnam War. Vouch for the accuracy of one hundred percent of all the data I can not, but many of their logic is absolutely justified. Necessary information found only in Wikipedia, which in turn refers to the South American almanac Vietnam War Almanac. I can say only one thing — how to not lie. But if I’m wrong, you can point to any specific inconsistencies in the figures.
And to begin with I wish to quote from the journal «War in the Air,» in which South American pilot Commander Charles Tanner, then occupied by a prisoner, describes the situation with the battle against the MiG-21, which odeozhal his first victory in Vietnam.
«I took off on the F-4B aircraft carrier» Coral Sea «, my cameraman avionics was Lieutenant Terry Ross. I was leading four «Phantoms» we sovprovozhdali group laden with bombs «Skyhawks». Before us had two objectives: 1-in-x, bombed 500-pound bombs on antiaircraft artillery positions, in-2, to cover against potential attacks stormtroopers MiGs …
We have gained the object strike — railway station halyard. I was at the head of the whole group, we had to bomb flak positions, covering the station. Guided held back below. Within 30 seconds, I changed course and height before the established visual contact with the target …
Rupture snaryadla zenith under my Phantom out of order all electrical equipment and one hydraulic system of the aircraft. Traction engines, but did not fall, plane flopped in the right turn. Because of the refusal gadravliki I had no ability to control traction engines. Slant plane was 135 degrees at 60 degrees to the ground. Speed is 1.3 M — I decided katapultrovatsya …
We successfully ejected, but after landing captured. In captivity Ross Terry and I spent six and a half years. We were subjected to physical and mental processing in order to catch the information of a military disposition and force us to recognize as the MiG-21 shot down. After eight hours of continuous interrogation, Ross was obliged to make concessions and to announce to the public that our «Phantom» Vietnamese fighter was shot down. «
Beautifully written. It is possible and in fact believe. But that’s just what to do with the fact that on that day there was a fight in fact between «Phantoms» MiGs and, as a result of which two were shot down by American fighters. Either they are both out of service time of rupture flak? Overall, I cited this passage simply as an example of how Americans are lying. And now specifically to the figures. Immediately say that the existing number, unfortunately, can not reveal the secret of the veil on the number of downed U.S. aircraft and our specifically in a dogfight, because, of course, a large percentage of our North Vietnamese and recorded victories at the expense of the artillery.
A-1 Skyraider — Vietnam was used as a gunship, also mainly search and rescue aircraft, as for the main attack aircraft was too old (first flight made in 1945). Lost 260 aircraft. Wikipedia In the UK they write that 191.
A-3 Skywarrior — Deck bomber. Was one of the main bomber of the U.S. Navy. Lost 11 aircraft. In the U.S. — Wikipedia 7 aircraft.
A-4 Skyhawk — Forward deck. Lost 373 aircraft. In the U.S. — Wikipedia, 282.
A-6 Intruder — Forward deck. Was one of the main U.S. Air Force aircraft, bombs in Vietnam’s major strategic objects. Lost 87 aircraft. In the U.S. — Wikipedia, the 62 aircraft.
A-7 Corsair II — Forward. Lost 106 aircraft. South American — Wikipedia, the 100 aircraft.
A-26 Invader — medium bomber. During the Vietnam War was already very obsolete aircraft (first flight made in 1942). Lost 22 aircraft. In the U.S. — Wikipedia, and 22 aircraft.
A-37 Dragonfly — light attack. Lost 22 aircraft. In the U.S. — Wikipedia, the 22 aircraft.
AC-130 Spectre — aircraft fire support. At the peak of the Vietnam War «career.» Lost 6 aircraft. In the U.S. — Wikipedia, 6 aircraft.
B-52 Stratofortress — strategic bomber. Vietnam was used, namely, for the bombing of Hanoi and Haiphong. Lost 30 aircraft. In the U.S. — Wikipedia, the 31 aircraft.
B-57 Canberra — reconnaissance bomber. Participated in the raids on the «Ho Chi Minh Trail.» Lost 56 aircraft. In the U.S. — Wikipedia, the 56 aircraft.
B-66 Destroyer — bomber reconnaissance, electronic warfare aircraft. Lost 14 aircraft. In the U.S. — Wikipedia, the 14 aircraft.
C-47 Skytrain — military transport aircraft. Lost 24 aircraft. In the U.S. — Wikipedia, the 21 aircraft.
C-123 Provider — military transport aircraft. Lost 53 aircraft. In the U.S. — Wikipedia, the 53 aircraft.
C-130 Hercules — Military transport aircraft. Lost 59 aircraft. In the U.S. — Wikipedia, the 55 aircraft.
C-141 Starlifter — military transport aircraft. Lost 2 aircraft. In the U.S. — Wikipedia, the two aircraft.
F-4 Phantom II — fighter-interceptor. Lost 895 aircraft. In the U.S. — Wikipedia, the 445 aircraft.
F-100 Super Sabre — fighter-interceptor, fighter-bomber, fighter-reconnaissance aircraft. Vietnam used as the main fighter-bombers. Lost 243 aircraft. In the U.S. — Wikipedia, the 243 aircraft.
F-105 Thunderchief — fighter-bomber. Was the main aircraft in operation » Peals of thunder. » Lost 382 aircraft. In the U.S. — Wikipedia, the 335 aircraft.
These are the main planes. Full list of losses, you can look here.
Loss of Russian aircraft
MiG-17 — fighter. Lost 68 — 71 aircraft. In the U.S. — Wikipedia, the 110 aircraft.
MiG-21 — fighter. Lost 66 — 69 aircraft. In the U.S. — Wikipedia, the 90 aircraft.
So Makar, the total number of aircraft lost in Vietnam, the U.S. is — more than 2,000 aircraft, the Soviet Union and North Vietnam — least 200.
What did you say, friends?