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Joe Richardson | 497th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 8th Tactical Fighter Wing - Air Force

7:22   |   Fighter pilot Joe Richardson was laying chaff for a B-52 run over North Vietnam when the SAM's started to fly. That was bad but the worst was yet to come. As his squadron turned and headed for home, the bombers were headed the opposite direction. A head on collision would be disastrous. (Caution: strong language)

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