The Search for Vietnam's Supposed Top Ace Who Beat the U.S. Air Force

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March 17, 2024 Topic: Security Region: Asia Blog Brand: The Reboot Tags: MilitaryDefenseHistoryVietnam WarAir ForceAviation

The Search for Vietnam's Supposed Top Ace Who Beat the U.S. Air Force

The tale of Col. Nguyen Tomb, Vietnam's legendary ace, remains one of aviation's most enduring myths. Supposedly scoring 13 kills against U.S. aircraft, Tomb was featured in the game Chuck Yeager’s Air Combat, fueling intrigue.

 

One theory was that Tomb was a Russian pilot. During the Korean War, Russian pilots had flown in Chinese and North Korean air force units. Thousands of Russian technical advisers assisted North Vietnamese forces during the Vietnam War. But post-war, no Russians have claimed to have flown in air-to-air combat in Vietnam.

About the Author

Sébastien Roblin holds a Master’s Degree in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University and served as a university instructor for the Peace Corps in China. He has also worked in education, editing, and refugee resettlement in France and the United States. He currently writes on security and military history for War Is Boring.