Aces Miss­ing

Air & Space Smithsonian - - Letters -

From “The Last Amer­i­can Aces” (Aug. 2015), the unini­ti­ated might think there was only one pi­lot ace in the Viet­nam War, Richard “Steve” Ritchie. There was another: Randy “Duke” Cun­ning­ham. Am I ad­mit­ting some an­noy­ance that the only Viet­nam pi­lot men­tioned was Air Force? Re­gret­tably, yes. As a naval avi­a­tor of that era, I want peo­ple to know that the Navy held its own in Viet­nam. Sept. 2015 “Huey Pilots: Where the He­roes Were Made”: The Marines’ name for the UH-34 is Sea Horse, not Choctaw.

Aug. 2015 “Brought to You by Drones”: On July 17, Flirtey de­liv­ered med­i­ca­tions via drone to a clinic in western Vir­ginia, not West Vir­ginia.

June/july 2015 “War Within a War,” p. 34, cap­tion: The first bomb­ing mis­sions in Korea were flown a few days, not three weeks, af­ter the war be­gan. The er­ror was in­tro­duced dur­ing copy edit­ing.

Ed­i­tors’ re­ply: Our photo-es­say could in­clude only those who at­tended the 2015 Amer­i­can Fighter Aces con­ven­tion, which is men­tioned in the in­tro­duc­tion,

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