The incredible story of an EC-121 Warning Star that almost landed on an aircraft carrier off the Vietnam coast

DAYTON, Ohio -- Lockheed EC-121D Constellation at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

An unknown episode happened during the first EC-121 Warning Star missions over Gulf of Tonkin.

Even though airborne early warning (AEW) aircraft play an extremely important role today, the first conflict to see an extensive use of AEW platforms was the Vietnam War. Unlike the US Navy, initially the USAF decided not to deploy its early warning aircraft in Southeast Asia (SEA). In fact only after two Air Force aircraft were downed by North Vietnamese MiG-17s in early April ...

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