See This Plane? It Was the Navy Spearhead for Fighting Nuclear War

September 1, 2021 Topic: Aviation History Region: Asia Blog Brand: The Reboot Tags: U.S. NavyVietnam WarHistoryMilitary

See This Plane? It Was the Navy Spearhead for Fighting Nuclear War

Post-World War II, the Pentagon was convinced that nuclear weapons had made conventional warfighting capabilities obsolete.

But the Skywarrior’s losses didn’t change the fact that the ‘Whales’ saved hundreds of pilots, who would never have made it back to safety without their aid, to the extent that Skywarrior squadrons kept individual tallies of their rescues. 

A companion article looks at the colorful career of Skywarrior variants serving as spy planes and electronic warfare aircraft. 

Sébastien Roblin writes on the technical, historical, and political aspects of international security and conflict for publications including The National InterestNBC NewsForbes.com, and War is Boring. He holds a Master’s degree from Georgetown University and served with the Peace Corps in China. You can follow his articles on Twitter. This article is being republished due to reader interest.

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