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Flaming MiG 17 - Hit by Ammo from F-105D

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Rarely do civilians get to see aerial combat action at close range.  This image provides such a look as two planes - a MiG-17 and an F-105D (“Thunderchief”) - do battle above Vietnam.

Maintained at the U.S. National Archives, this picture has the following description:

Death of a MIG.  Firing his 20mm cannon at point-blank range, Major Kuster hits the left wing of the MIG near the fuselage and it bursts into flames. The major's F-105 passed 15 - 20 feet below the flaming MIG.

The MiG was flown by a North Vietnamese pilot.  Ralph Kuster, Jr., the American pilot, was deployed with the 469th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 388th Tactical Fighter Wing.  The battle took place on the 3rd of June, 1967.

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Media Credits

Online, courtesy U.S. National Archives.  ARC Identifier 542338.

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