USAF Losses in Vietnam

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USAF Aircraft Losses

Feb. 1, 1962-Oct. 31, 1973

During the ten years between 1962 to 1973, US Air Forces lost over 2,000 aircraft: the majority to Anti Aircraft Artillery.

Communist AAA shot down 1,443 of the total 2.255 aircraft lost by US Air Forces to all causes i.e. almost 64 percent of losses were to AA guns while the much vaunted Surface to Air Missiles shot down only 110 aircraft ( a mere 4.8 percent of the total losses).

Year Ground Fire Ground attack on airbase SAM Air Combat Other combat Operational Total
1962-66 298 21 9 4 125 457
1967 276 6 26 11 77 401
1968 275 45 19 22 10 91 462
1969 234 14 1 77 326
1970 177 3 1 76 256
1971 73 1 2 27 103
1972 72 2 24 14 1 19 132
1973 38 4 30 10 9 25 116
1974 1 1
Total 1443 96 110 67 21 518 2255

Source: USAF Operational Summary, November 1973.

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