Siempre hemos escuchado "un lado" de la historia de los combates aéreos F-4 Phantom -vs- Mig 21 en la guerra de Vietnam, sería bueno conocer la otra cara de la moneda...
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Amazon.com: F-4 Phantom II vs MiG-21: USAF & VPAF in the Vietnam War (Duel): Peter Davies, Jim Laurier, Gareth Hector: Books
"In the section on the combatants, the author does note that the US Navy F-4 pilots used more effective tactics than the USAF F-4 pilots, who were primarily trained for air-ground missions. This section also paints the North Vietnamese pilots as cunning opponents and it may overstate the case a bit (while it true that they didn't rotate home like US pilots, the fact remains that none of these men had a few years experience flying while many U.S. pilots had been flying for over a decade). This section has profiles of one US and one NVN pilot and also discusses Operation `Bolo' in 1967, where Colonel Robin Olds turned the tables on his enemy, resulting in the shoot-down of 7 MiG-21s. The 20-page section on combat gives some interesting vignettes on tactical F-4 vs MiG-21 combat, but again ignores the US Navy role except in passing. The final sections on statistics and analysis is disappointing for its lack of analysis, not even bothering to list the numbers of F-4s and MiG-21s shot down in aerial combat. The author does mention that the USAF lost 36 F-4s to MiG-21s, but fails to note that USAF F-4s shot down 67 MiG-21s. USN F-4s shot down another 15 MiG-21s. A table is provided showing the leading MiG and Phantom killers on each side, but with no real comment or analysis. In the US chart, it is apparent that nine USAF pilots shot down 43 percent of all MiG-21s claimed by the USAF. No USN pilots are listed in the chart, but it does include a USAF pilot who shot down no MiG-21s. In the Vietnamese chart, the total number of Phantoms claimed by these 13 pilots is 86, which is odd considering that both the USAF and USN lost fewer than 50 F-4s to Mig-21s during the war. Either the Vietnamese counted everything as a Phantom or the author is accepting propaganda claims as fact. If one assumes that these 13 pilots were the best and accounted for about half the Phantom kills, that would imply that none of them actually scored more than 2-3 victories (not 8-9 as the chart claims for 4 pilots) over Phantoms. Particularly given the author's narrative, which describes the very high attrition rate - up to 30 percent losses in one year - I think that idea that the North Vietnamese had 13 MiG-21 aces and the USAF had 2 F-4 ace crews is ipso facto absurd. Nor does the author ever try to answer the larger question of who won the aerial duel over North Vietnam, but it is abundantly evident that the USAF achieved its mission objectives on a regular basis and that North Vietnam's MiG force was too weak to seriously contest air control even over their own capital. Indeed, Hanoi's MiG force was more of a `guerilla air force' that was capable of inflicting losses when the U.S. made mistakes, but it was incapable of conducting a real duel for air supremacy. "