This Day in History: “Pardo’s Push” saves a pilot in Vietnam

On this day in 1967, a United States Air Force pilot risks his life to save his wingman. Captain John R. “Bob” Pardo would try an untested maneuver, using the windshield on his F-4 Phantom to push another plane to safety. The technique would come to be known as “Pardo’s Push.” Pardo and his wingman, […]

This Day in History: John Levitow & his Medal of Honor

On this day in 1969, Airman First Class John Levitow becomes the lowest ranking Air Force member ever to earn a Medal of Honor. He was promptly promoted to Sergeant. Levitow was then serving aboard a Douglas AC-47, Spooky 71, as that aircraft patrolled the skies near Saigon. He was loadmaster, which meant that one […]

This Day in History: A long overdue reunion between Vietnam War pilots

On this day in 2011, two American pilots find each other. Decades earlier, Wayne Hague had saved Ron Catton from certain capture—maybe even death—in Vietnam. Nevertheless, the two had never met, and they didn’t know each other’s names. “All this time, it’s been, ‘Gee, I wish I knew who it was [who saved me],’” Catton […]

This Day in History: Roger Donlon’s heroism at Nam Dong

On this day in 1934, a future army captain and Medal of Honor recipient is born. Would you believe that Roger Donlon almost wasn’t in the Army at all? He’d originally signed up to be an Air Force pilot, but then ended up in the Army instead. The Air Force’s loss was the Army’s gain! […]

This Day in History: Charles Kettles performs a stunning helicopter rescue

On this day in 1930, a future Medal of Honor recipient is born. Charles Kettles was the son of a man who’d served as a pilot in both World Wars. Kettles must have had flying in his genes! He would soon follow in his father’s footsteps, serving in the Korean War, then answering the call […]