F-4D, 100 Missions North Vietnam

Achieving 100 missions over North Vietnam in an F-105

100 Missions North: A Fighter Pilot's Story of the Vietnam War

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  • A new exhibit opened at the National Museum of the United States Air Force Thursday. It's called "100 Missions Up North" and it highlights the stories of airmen who flew over North Vietnam and surrounding countries during the war in Southeast Asia.

    One problem was that the F-105 formations flew every day at roughly the same time, using roughly the same flight routes, and the same callsigns. So the enemy was waiting for them. In December 1966, MiG-21 pilots intercepted a large group of Thuds and shot down 14 of them. It was calculated that an F-105 pilot stood only a 75 percent chance of surviving 100 missions over North Vietnam.

  • In 100 Missions North, Ken Bell recounts the harrowing sorties that he and his comrades flew in F-105 Thunderchiefs, the famous Thud , in 1966-67, when pilots faced a 50 percent loss rate. What was it like to face these odds day after day? We learn that men sustained by faith in each other and joined by the unique bonds of combat can overcome anxiety, fear, and even terror to achieve common goals.

    The "100 Missions Up North" exhibit opened this week. The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is the world's largest and oldest military aviation museum.

    Author: Kenneth H Bell
    Publisher: Washington, D.C. ; London : Brassey's, 2003.
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    In 100 Missions North, Ken Bell recounts the harrowing sorties that he and his comrades flew in F-105 Thunderchiefs, the famous "Thud", in 1966-67, when pilots faced a 50 percent loss rate.

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    • Bell, Kenneth H., -- 1931-
    • Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Aerial operations, American.
    • Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal narratives, American.
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