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F-4J Phantom vs MiG-17: The most epic Dogfight in the history of naval aviation

How The Soviet Union Let America Won The Race To Develop The Best Fighter Jets

On May 10, 1972 Lt. Randy “Duke” Cunningham, flying an F-4J Phantom from VF-96 Fighting Falcons (callsign “Showtime 100”) off the carrier USS Constellation (CV-64), was returning from a flak suppression mission over Haiphong, North Vietnam. In Cunningham’s back seat was Radar Intercept Officer (RIO) Willie Driscoll. After the strike …

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