MiG-17F Fresco Douglas A-4B Skyhawk
In the early days of the Vietnam war in the 1960's a fierce conflict raged in the skies over North Vietnam in South East Asia. United States Navy Douglas A4 Skyhawk fighter bombers launched daring low-level attacks against enemy installations and positions being used by both the North Vietnamese army, and the imbedded and frustrating agile Vietcong insurgency. Armed with cannons, bombs and unguided missiles the little A4 Skyhawks would skim across the rice paddies and hug the densely forested mountains of Vietnam. Against them ranged small arms fire, artillery, guided surface to air missiles and MiG's of the North Vietnamese Air Force. Alongside the supersonic MiG-21 was the older subsonic MiG-17F. This aircraft has been superseded by more complex aircraft, but in the early days they formed the backbone of the air war over Vietnam.
Douglas A-4B Skyhawk
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG 17F 'Fresco"