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    Wild Weasels 50 yrs: Iconic flagship tail flash unveiled

    The tail flash of the 20th Fighter Wing’s flagship F-16CM Fighting Falcon was recently painted to commemorate 50 years of the iconic Wild Weasel mission. The Wild Weasel concept was developed by the United States Air Force in 1965, after the introduction of Soviet Surface to Air Missiles (SAM) and their downing of U.S. strike aircraft over the skies of North Vietnam. During the Vietnam War the Soviet SA-2 SAM threatened to halt air operations over North Vietnam. To suppress and destroy this threat, the U.S. Air Force countered with the courage and skill of the Wild Weasels, these men flew some of the most dangerous missions in Southeast Asia. Fighter pilots are still using the aggressive Wild Weasel tactics in today’s air war, carrying out the legacy of the Wild Weasels in campaigns around the world. (U.S. Air Force photos by Staff Sgt. Kenny Holston/Released)
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