posted on Dec, 25 2015 @ 09:58 AM
I'm sure some of you know this story, and probably know it well. For those that don't, it's an incredible feat of airmanship that took place over
Vietnam. On March 10, 1967 1st LT Robert Houghton (WSO) and Captain Earl Aman (Pilot) and 1st LT Steven Wayne (WSO) and Captain Robert Pardo were
preparing to take off in their F-4s, on a twofold mission. They were to act as escort for a strike package of F-105s going to Hanoi, and then if no
MiGs showed up to intercept them, they were to hit the steel mill with the strike package. They were armed with 6 750 pound bombs, four air to air
missiles, and a jamming pod.
Seventy five miles from the target, Aman and Houghton were hit by flak, and the aircraft damaged. There didn't appear to be any problems, and both
crew members were unhurt, so they elected to continue the mission. As they hit the target, Aman and Houghton were hit by more flak, that ruptured the
fuel tanks of their aircraft. They radioed Pardo, and both aircraft headed south to the tanker. They were losing fuel so fast that their only option
was going to be to eject over Hanoi.
Pardo told them that he would do everything he could to help them get out of the area first, despite his aircraft also suffering major damage during
the attack. They climbed to 30,000 feet to have the most altitude they could as a cushion, and he told Aman to jettison the drag chute. He attempted
to put the nose of his fighter into the empty chute holder, but was unable to because of turbulence....
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