Wild Weasels Over Vietnam

Wild Weasel aircraft began to be produced in the summer of 1965, after Soviet SA-2 Guideline surface-to-air missiles deployed to North Vietnam stunned Pentagon officials with their deadly effectiveness against U.S. fighter aircraft.

Part 1: The Birth of the Wild Weasel Program

Deployment of Soviet SA-2 surface to air missiles in North Vietnam leads the U.S. Air Force to develop Wild Weasel aircraft.

Part 2: The Introduction of the AGM-45 Shrike

How dangerous conditions for early Wild Weasel missions sped development of the AGM-45 Shrike anti-radiation missile.

Part 3: Electronic Warfare Officers: The Bad News Bears

The vital mission of Wild Weasel electronic warfare officers, who were known as "Bears", and the critical importance of good relations between pilots and their EWO.

Part 4: Wild Weasel Tactics in Vietnam

Practices and tactics used by United States Air Force Wild Weasel crews during the Vietnam War.

Part 5: Electronic Dueling With Enemy Radar Operators

New tactics were developed as U.S. Air Force Wild Weasel crews and their Vietnamese opponents gained experience with new technologies.

Part 6: The Entry of the AGM-78 Standard ARM

The introduction of the General Dynamics AGM-78 Standard ARM dramatically changed the job of Wild Weasel airmen, making their work simpler, safer and more effective.

Part 7: When SAMs Guarded the Ho Chi Minh Trail

Following the 1968 halt of the bombing of North Vietnam, Wild Weasel activity over Ho Chi Minh trail stepped up.

Part 8: Providing Escort for B-52 Bombers Over Hanoi and Haiphong

In the final stages of the Vietnam War, when President Richard Nixon sent B-52 strategic bombers to strike targets in Hanoi and Haiphong, the Wild Weasels provided protection.