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Special guest presenter Dan Petkunas an F-4 pilot and Weapons Officer, will present on his 222 combat missions in Vietnam, culminating in the Christmas Bombings of 1972.
If fighter pilots and crew members have nine lives, Dan Petkunas expended at least seven of them during his combat tour.
In 1972, Dan was assigned to the 13th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Udorn Royal Thai Air Base in Thailand and began flying bombing runs and missions to protect other aircraft, including B-52 bombers, A-7s, F-105s, and additional F-4s. As a Weapons System Officer, Petkunas controlled the F-4’s back seat, working in tandem with the pilot.
Dan came back from his tour of duty with the Distinguished Flying Cross, other medals and devices, join Dan and hear about the air war in Vietnam during its final year.