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Operation Linebacker I & II (1972)


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The massive air assaults of Operation Linebacker I/II were held by the United States in 1972 during the Vietnam War.

Below is a showcase of the combat aircraft types utilized during Operation Linebacker I and Operation Linebacker II, massive aerial bombardment campaigns undertaken by the various services of the United States in October and December of 1972, respectively. The first assault spanned May 9th to October, 1972 and this was followed by a shorter, though no less lethal, campaign enacted from December 18th until the 29th of that year.The primary goal of Linebacker I was to slow the progression of war materials from North Vietnam and both sides ultimately claimed the victory: 134 aircraft were lost by the United States to 63 by North Vietnam. Numbers were lower int he follow-up Linebacker campaign, the United States mustering the force of some 2,000 tactical combat aircraft in the process including over 200 B-52 Stratofortress heavy bombers.

There are a total of [ 14 ] Operation Linebacker I & II (1972) entries in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order (1-to-Z). Flag images indicative of country of origin and not necessarily the primary operator.
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1
Picture of the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress
National Flag Graphic
1955
Boeing B-52 Stratofortress
High-Altitude, Long-Range Strategic Heavy Bomber
2
Picture of the Douglas A-1 Skyraider (AD-1)
National Flag Graphic
1946
Douglas A-1 Skyraider (AD-1)
Single-Engine, Single-Seat Fighter-Bomber / Ground Attack Aircraft
3
Picture of the Douglas A-4 Skyhawk
National Flag Graphic
1956
Douglas A-4 Skyhawk
Light Attack Multirole Carrierborne Fighter Aircraft
4
Picture of the General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark
National Flag Graphic
1967
General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark
Long-Range Strategic Medium Bomber / Tactical Strike Aircraft
5
Picture of the Grumman A-6 Intruder
National Flag Graphic
1963
Grumman A-6 Intruder
Carrierborne All-Weather Heavy Strike Aircraft
6
Picture of the LTV A-7 Corsair II
National Flag Graphic
1967
LTV A-7 Corsair II
Carrier-Borne Strike Aircraft
7
Picture of the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II
National Flag Graphic
1960
McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II
Multirole / Carrierbased Fighter / Strike Fighter Aircraft
8
Picture of the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 (Fresco)
National Flag Graphic
1952
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 (Fresco)
Single-Seat Jet-Powered Fighter / Fighter-Bomber Aircraft
9
Picture of the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-19 (Farmer)
National Flag Graphic
1955
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-19 (Farmer)
Supersonic Jet-Powered Fighter / Interceptor Aircraft
10
Picture of the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 (Fishbed)
National Flag Graphic
1959
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 (Fishbed)
Single-Seat Supersonic Fighter Aircraft
11
Picture of the North American A-5 Vigilante
National Flag Graphic
1961
North American A-5 Vigilante
Nuclear Attack Bomber / Reconnaissance Platform
12
Picture of the Republic F-105 Thunderchief
National Flag Graphic
1958
Republic F-105 Thunderchief
Single-Seat Fighter-Bomber / Reconnaissance / Wild Weasel
13
Picture of the Sikorsky CH-53 Sea Stallion
National Flag Graphic
1966
Sikorsky CH-53 Sea Stallion
Heavy-Lift Transport Helicopter
14
Picture of the Vought F-8 Crusader
National Flag Graphic
1957
Vought F-8 Crusader
Carrier-Borne Naval Fighter Aicraft

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