Vietnam veteran revisiting fighter plane at Washington ceremony

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Most of the time Steve Young bombed enemies in Vietnam he couldn’t see or hear, and he was guided by the locations of a smoke bomb dropped by another American plane or orders over his radio.

For seven months during the Vietnam War, Young flew an F-100 aircraft, known for being the first supersonic jet in the U.S., for the U.S. Air Force.

Young flew 93 combat missions low over the Vietnamese jungle, dropping bombs or napalm as ordered. He still remembers the missions and the plane now. The aircraft, which the Air Force used for more than 20 years but only for combat in Vietnam, was easy to stall at takeoff and roll when landing. More than once, he heard about a fellow pilot crashing.

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