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Excellent speech/story by USAF Fighter Ace Steve Ritchie on rescue

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by bunk22, May 29, 2012.

  1. bunk22

    bunk22

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    The rescue was 23 days after the large 10 May 1972 air battle in which Steve Ritchie scored the first of his 5 Mig-21 kills to be an ace. The 4 plane flight was lead by Bob Lodge and his back seater, Robert Locher who as a team had 2 Mig-21 kills at the time and had just shot down their 3rd Mig-21 when a Mig-19 flown by Nguyen Manh Tung blew their Phantom out of the sky. In a twist of fate, on landed, Tung ran out of fuel on landing, crashed and was killed.

    Anyway, Bob Lodge did not eject and was killed when his F-4 hit the ground but Locher made it out. Steve Ritchie tells the story of the rescue in fine fashion.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=QvRcP4go-eg#!