America begins the greatest technology
give-away in the history of war.
It finds that it's fighters were built under flawed assumption
that air combat would not take place at close range, and
suffers embarrassing losses to older Soviet-designed
MIGs flown by N. Vietnamese pilots.
During the Arab-Israeli War, Western fighters
destroy Soviet fighters in great numbers.
Alarmed, the Soviets increase the effort to transport
U.S. pilots from N. Vietnamese POW camps to
the U.S.S.R. to learn the secrets of U.S. aircraft.
Israeli aircraft also attack a U.S. Navy Ship, the U.S.S. Liberty.
Russian pilots test fly the world's 1st, faster than
the speed of sound, airliner, the Tupolov TU-144.
The Lockheed C-5A finally flies.
Meant as a transport, the huge plane
suffered from massive cost overruns.
The U.S. organizes the 'Top Gun' school in Miramar, Ca.
to train pilots to deal w/ the deficiencies of the F-4.
Boeing's 747 enters service.