MIG KILLERS

 

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The name Mig Killers was founded in the Korea war when countless Migs were shot down by American P-80 Shooting Stars and F-86 Sabres. This name was again used by the American pilots during the Vietnam conflict. During the Gulf war USAF F-15 units achieved air superiority from off Day one. The following aerial victories were credited during the Gulf War.

DATE

CALLSIGN

UNIT

PILOT

AIRCRAFT

SERIAL/BUNO

TARGET(S)

ORDNANCE

17 Jan 91

PENNZOIL 63

58 TFS/33 TFW

Kelk

F-15C

85-119

MiG-29

AIM-7

17 Jan 91

CITGO 65

58 TFS/33 TFW

Graeter

F-15C

85-105

Mirage F-1
Mirage F-1

AIM-7
AIM-7

17 Jan 91

QUAKER 11

71 TFS/1 TFW

Tate

F-15C

83-017

Mirage F-1

AIM-7

17 Jan 91

ZEREX 71

58 TFS/33 TFW

Magill

F-15C

85-125

MiG-29

AIM-7

19 Jan 91

CITGO 21

58 TFS/33 TFW

Tollini

F-15C

85-099

MiG-25

AIM-7

19 Jan 91

CITGO 22

58 TFS/33 TFW

Pitts

F-15C

85-101

MiG-25

AIM-7

19 Jan 91

CHEVRON 26

58 TFS/33 TFW

Underhill

F-15C

85-122

MiG-29

AIM-7

19 Jan 91

CHEVRON 25

58 TFS/33 TFW

Rodriguez

F-15C

85-114

MiG-29

Ground

19 Jan 91

RAMBO 03

525 TFS/36 TFW

Prather

F-15C

79-069

Mirage F-1

AIM-7

19 Jan 91

RAMBO 04

525 TFS/36 TFW

Sveden

F-15C

79-021

Mirage F-1

AIM-7

26 Jan 91

CITGO 25

58 TFS/33 TFW

Draeger

F-15C

85-104

MiG-23

AIM-7

26 Jan 91

CITGO 26

58 TFS/33 TFW

Schiavi

F-15C

85-108

MiG-23

AIM-7

26 Jan 91

CITGO 27

58 TFS/33 TFW

Rodriguez

F-15C

85-114

MiG-23

AIM-7

27 Jan 91

OPEC 01

53 TFS/36 TFW

Denney

F-15C

84-025

MiG-23
MiG-23

AIM-9
AIM-9

27 Jan 91

OPEC 02

53 TFS/36 TFW

Powell

F-15C

84-027

MiG-23
Mirage F-1

AIM-7
AIM-7

29 Jan 91

CHEVRON 17

58 TFS/33 TFW

Rose

F-15C

85-102

MiG-23

AIM-7

29 Jan 91

BITE 04

32 TFG

Watrous

F-15C

79-022

MiG-23

AIM-7

2 Feb 91

RIFLE 01

525 TFS/36 TFW

Masters

F-15C

79-064

Il-76

AIM-7

6 Feb 91

ZEREX 53

53 TFS/36 TFW

Dietz

F-15C

79-078

MiG-21
MiG-21

AIM-9
AIM-9

6 Feb 91

ZEREX 54

53 TFS/36 TFW

Hehemann

F-15C

84-019

Su-25
Su-25

AIM-9
AIM-9

7 Feb 91

CHEVRON 21

58 TFS/33 TFW

Parsons

F-15C

85-124

Su-7/17

AIM-7

7 Feb 91

CHEVRON 22

58 TFS/33 TFW

Murphy

F-15C

85-102

Su-7/17
Su-7/17

AIM-7
AIM-7

7 Feb 91

KILLER 03

22 TFS/36 TFW

May

F-15C

80-003

Mi-24

AIM-7

11 Feb 91

PISTOL 01

525 TFS/36 TFW

Dingee

F-15C

80-012

0.5 x Helo

AIM-7

11 Feb 91

PISTOL 02

525 TFS/36 TFW

McKenzie

F-15C

79-048

0.5 x Helo

AIM-7

14 Feb 91

PACKARD 41

335 TFS/4 TFW

Bennett/Bakke

F-15E

89-487

Hughes 500

GBU-10

20 Mar 91

AMOCO 34

22 TFS/36 TFW

Doneski

F-15C

84-014

Su-22

AIM-9

22 Mar 91

ZEREX 21

53 TFS/36 TFW

Dietz

F-15C

84-010

Su-22

AIM-9

22 Mar 91

ZEREX 22

53 TFS/36 TFW

Hehemann

F-15C

84-015

PC-9

Ground

NOTES

17 Jan: Magill. CPT Chuck "Sly" Magill was a Marine exchange pilot serving with the 58th TFS.

19 Jan: Rodriguez. After Underhill shot the first MiG-29, both Rodriguez and Underhill had the remaining MiG-29 bracketed. In an attempt to dive into an escape window that had already closed, the Iraqi MiG-29 pilot attempted to execute a split-S from a starting altitude of about 2,000 feet. Rodriguez, who was the engaged low man, recognized the problem and took it upstairs; the MiG-29 attempted to follow through with the split-S and hit the desert floor.

The Underhill-Rodriguez engagement occurred as CHEVRON was clearing the six of CITGO flight, which had just killed its pair of MiG-25s and was retreating south to the tanker track. It is said to have been the only turning fight of the war. In post-war interviews, Rodriguez expressed his opinion that they had been extremely lucky in the intercept, since AWACS did not call the pair of MiG-29s approaching from the left beam until they were roughly 13 miles away. Prior to that call, CHEVRON had been unaware of the MiGs' presence.

26 Jan: Draeger-Shiavi-Rodriguez. This triplet of kills was a "textbook" BVR offensive sweep, with the four CITGO F-15Cs (the fourth was flown by Bruce Till) picking up four MiG-23s and bouncing three (one of them returned to H-2 early in the intercept, presumably because of mechanical problems). The targets were sorted and shot at by all four F-15s at over 13 miles (Till's AIM-7 arrived slightly after the others and thus he did not receive a kill credit).

29 Jan: Watrous. CPT Watrous was a 32nd TFG pilot detached to the 525th TFS/36th TFW during the war.

7 Feb: Parsons. COL Rick Parsons was the commander of the 33rd TFW, flying a 58th TFS aircraft on this date.

11 Feb: Dingee-McKenzie. This was a shared kill.

14 Feb: Bennett-Bakke. This was the famous laser-guided-bomb kill. The helicopter was on the ground at the time that PACKARD 41 released the GBU-10, but took off while the bomb was in flight. The WSO kept lasing the helicopter anyway, and the bomb guided straight through the rotor disc, destroying the Hughes 500 instantly. The kill was witnessed by a Special Forces team on the ground.

22 Mar: Hehemann. The PC-9 pilot ejected immediately after observing the immediately preceding Su-22 kill by ZEREX 21

During Operation Allied Force the USAF F-15's encountered Serbian Air Force MiG-29, and the response was as always, Sure, Swift and Accurate, The following aerial victories were credited during operation Allied Force.

 

DATE

CALLSIGN

UNIT

PILOT

AIRCRAFT

SERIAL/BUNO

TARGET(S)

ORDNANCE

24 Mar 99

KNIFE 13

493 FS/48 FW

Rodriguez

F-15C

86-0169

MiG-29

AIM-120

24 Mar 99

EDGE 61

493 FS/48 FW

Shower

F-15C

86-0159

MiG-29

AIM-120

26 Mar 99

DIRK 21

493 FS/48 FW

Hwang

F-15C

86-0156

MiG-29

AIM-120

26 Mar 99

DIRK 21

493 FS/48 FW

Hwang

F-15C

86-0156

MiG-29

AIM-120

NOTES

24 Mar: Rodriguez. This was Lt.Col. Rodriguez 3rd aerial victory having previously shot down a Mig 23 and Mig 29 during the Gulf War.

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