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The following is a list of US aircraft lost to surface-to-air missiles during the Vietnam War.

Vietnam War: Summary of U.S. Fixed-Wing Aircraft (excluding allied aircraft) Lost to SAMs by Year, 1965-1973.[1]
Year 1965/ Aircraft SAM type Altitude Struck: Low to High in Feet
F-4B, F-4C Phantom II (4) SA-2 11,000 to 23,000
F-8E Crusader (2) SA-2 30,000 to 33,000
F-105D Thunderchief (3) SA-2 4,000 to 18,000
A-4E Skyhawk (1) SA-2 9,000
A-6A Intruder (1) SA-2 4,000
RA-5C Vigilante (2) SA-2 1,500 and 3,200
Year total: 13
1966
F-4B, F-4C Phantom II (8) SA-2 4,000 to 25,000
F-8E Crusader (2) SA-2 6,000 and 12,000
RF-101C Voodoo (3) SA-2 7,000 (2 unknown)
F-105D, F-105F Thunderchief (5) SA-2 6,000 to 16,000
F-104C Starfighter (3) SA-2 4,000 to 10,000
A-1H Skyraider (2) SA-2 1,000 and 7,500
A-4C Skyhawk (8) SA-2 4,000 to 12,000 (3 unknown)
RB-66C Destroyer (2) SA-2 29,000 and 30,000
EF-10B Skynight (1) SA-2 Unknown
RA-5C Vigilante (1) SA-2 3,000
Year total: 35
1967
F-4B, F-4C, RF-4C, F-4D Phantom II (14) SA-2 1,500 to 24,000 (1 unknown)
F-8C, F-8E Crusader (4) SA-2 1,500 15,500
RF-101C Voodoo (2) SA-2 18,000 to 30,000
F-105D, F-105F Thunderchief (15) SA-2 6,000 to 19,000 (1 unknown)
A-4C, A-4F Skyhawk (21) SA-2 1,200 to 17,000 (1 unknown)
A-6A Intruder (3) SA-2 3,500 to 12,000
A-7A Corsair II (1) SA-2 15,000
EB-66 Destroyer (1) SA-2 30,000
O-1 Bird Dog (1) SA-2 8,000
Year total: 62
1968
F-4D, F-4J Phantom II (2) SA-2 2,600 and 15,000
F-8E Crusader (2) SA-2 5,000 and 15,000
F-105D, F-105F Thunderchief (2) SA-2 8,000 and 12,000
A-4C, A-4E Skyhawk (2) SA-2 11,000 and 12,000
A-6A, A-6B Intruder (3) SA-2 5,000 and 15,000 (1 unknown)
A-7A Corsair II (1) SA-2 10,000
Year total: 12
1970
F-105G Thunderchief (1) SA-2 unknown
Year total: 1
1971
F-4B, F-4D, F-4E Phantom II (4) SA-2 18,000 and 20,000 (2 unknown)
F-105G Thunderchief (1) SA-2 18,000
O-2 Skymaster (1) SA-2 7,000
A-6A Intruder (1) SA-2 12,000
Year total: 7
1972
F-4D, F-4E, F-4J, RF-4C Phantom II (20) SA-2 3,500 to 21,000 (5 unknown)
F-8J Crusader (1) SA-2 11,000
F-105G Thunderchief (4) SA-2 11,000 and 19,000 (2 unknown)
A-1E, A-1H, A-1G Skyraider (3) SA-7 3,500/5,500/6,500
A-6A Intruder (1) SA-2 13,000
A-7A, A-7B, A-7C, A-7E Corsair II (13) SA-2 1,000 to 19,000 (2 unknown)
TA-4F Skyhawk (1) SA-2 4,500
RA-5C Vigilante (1) SA-2 3,000
EB-66C Destroyer (1) SA-2 24,000
AC-130A Spectre (2) SA-2/SA-7 8,500 (SA-7 unknown)
O-1 Bird Dog (2) SA-7 4,000 (second SA-7 unknown)
O-2 Skymaster (2) SA-2/SA-7 Unknown
OV-10A Bronco (5) SA-2/SA-7 5,000; unknown;5,000/SA-7 6,500
(10) B-52D, (6) B-52G Stratofortress (16) SA-2 25,000 to 38,500
Year total: 72
1973
B-52D Stratofortress(1) SA-2 Unknown
A-6A Intruder (1) SA-2 Unknown
OV-10A Bronco (1) SA-7 6,000
Year total: 3
War total: 205

References

  • Hobson, Chris. Vietnam Air Losses, United States Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps Fixed-Wing Aircraft Losses in Southeast Asia 1961-1973. 2001, Midland Publishing, Great Britain. ISBN 1-85780-115-6.
  1. Hobson p. 270, 271

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