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Hey, that smiling pilot is me!

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In a story earlier this year about the USAF's "Pedro" helicopter and crews in Vietnam, we used a photo of a young pilot after he was rescued by a "Jolly Green" search and rescue crew. To our delight, this month we heard from him after he saw our article, surprised to see his happy face in a 35 year old photo. He has shared his story with us, and we wanted to share it with you. You'll get a feel for what it’s like to contend with a battle damaged fighting machine like the F-4 Phantom II jet during the course of a combat mission. And, you'll get a small glimpse at what can really make a fighter pilot smile.

Hey, that smiling pilot is me!