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MiG 21 at the Victory Over B-52 Museum

14 August 2013

MiG 21 at the Victory Over B-52 Museum

21º 02′ 09″ N / 105º 49′ 33″ E

Located near the address of 157 Đội Cấn in the Ba Dinh District of  Hanoi, Vietnam is the Museum of Victory over B-52 — Bảo Tàng Chiến Thắng B.52  when spoken in Vietnamese. It is the location where most of the wreckage of the B-52D Stratofortress with the call sign “Rose 01” fell during the first evening of Operation Linebacker II — with two of the crew killed and four captured.

MiG 21 — photo by Catherine Dowman ©2013

MiG 21 — photo by Catherine Dowman ©2013

The museum also has a large component of North Vietnam’s antiaircraft defense during the Vietnam War on exhibit. Near the entrance is a Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG 21 (NATO reporting name “Fishbed”) numbered 5033 which had been credited with three F-4 Phantom II kills. The information at the museum did not specify if these occurred during Operation Linebacker II though they could have since the sign indicates they occurred in 1972.

Victory markings from 1972 on this MiG 21 Coup symbols MiG 21 — photo by Catherine Dowman ©2013

Victory markings from 1972 on this MiG 21, note the use of red stars — photo by Catherine Dowman ©2013

We have learned from Ross Sharp of Shortfinals’s Blog — a powerful blog written by an excellent historian — that Russia traditionally uses red stars to indicate kills and, so it appears, did the North Vietnamese Air Force.

Sign for MiG 21 — photo by Catherine Dowman ©2013

Sign for MiG 21 number 5033 — photo by Catherine Dowman ©2013

MiG 21 — photo by Catherine Dowman ©2013

MiG 21 — photo by Catherine Dowman ©2013

MiG 21 — photo by Catherine Dowman ©2013

MiG 21 — photo by Catherine Dowman ©2013

The museum review was posted earlier this week and our thanks to Catherine Dowman for lending her images for this post 🙂

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. 14 August 2013 10:39

    What an INCREDIBLE series on the Vietnam Museum. This young lady has done a terrific job of making us aware of the war from ‘their’ perspective. Please thank her for me..and us

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      14 August 2013 11:26

      Hello David. Yes, I’ll be happy to relay your wishes to her — she is an excellent traveler! She went to three museums over a two day period in over 100º F temps with high humidity — adding three museum reviews as well as another country for the blog. Joe

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