By István Toperczer
The erstwhile enemy of the USAF and US army through the 9 years of yankee involvement within the Vietnam battle (1955-1975), the Vietnamese Peoples' Air strength (VPAF) fast grew from an ill-organised rabble of poorly proficient pilots flying antiquated communist airplane right into a powerful struggling with strength that greater than held its personal over the skies of North Vietnam. Flying Soviet warring parties just like the MiG-17, and -19, the VPAF produced over a dozen aces, while the americans controlled simply pilots and 3 navigators within the similar interval
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Extra resources for MiG 17 and MiG 19 Units of the Vietnam War
On this occasion it was the turn of the VPAF to record no combat losses! Despite these erroneous victory claims and counter-claims, the VPAF had nonetheless discovered that whenever their pilots did actually manage to shoot an American aircraft down, they too suffered losses. Staff at VPAF headquarters tried to work out why this was occurring, and found that some of the tactics being employed were less than effective. For instance, instead of attacking heavily-laden strike aircraft, pilots would regularly tangle with escort fighters.
Lt Col Tran Manh and Lt Col Nguyen Phuc Trach were also promoted to joint second-in-command of the fighter regiments. The VPAF's main role was still to defend Hanoi and the system of dykes around the Red River. The Vietnamese fighters did not always respond to every intrusion into the north due to the small number of available pilots, choosing instead to oppose strikes on important targets. On 23 April Kien An airfield, near Hai Phong, was hit from the air, the raid causing severe damage both to the runway and surrounding buildings.
The MiG-17 pilots played their part by initiating a head-on attack. Cao Thanh Tinh and Le Van Phong then contacted their control centre by radio and continued with the air patrol. Upon discovering the F-105 strike group flying high above them, 47 A group of VPAF pilots from the 921st discuss tactics prior to conducting a training flight from Noi Bai in 1968. The MiG-17F Tresco-C' furthest from the camera has had its overall dark green paint scheme mottled with random 'splodges' of brown. Such camouflage was adopted in an effort to make the jets difficult to see both in the air and on the ground (VPAFMuseum) These dark green MiG-17F 'FrescoCs' of the 923rd Fighter Regiment are seen on the ramp at Kep.
MiG 17 and MiG 19 Units of the Vietnam War by István Toperczer