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Check Six: August 28, 1972 – 45 years ago

August 28, 2017

From the This Day in Aviation website

28 August 1972: Captain Richard Stephen “Steve” Ritchie, United States Air Force, and Weapons System Officer Captain Charles B. DeBellevue, leading Buick flight with their McDonnell F-4D Phantom II, shot down a North Vietnamese MiG 21 interceptor.

This was Ritchie’s fifth aerial combat victory, earning him the title of “ace.” [Chuck DeBellevue would later be credited with six kills.]

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