This Infamous Air-To-Air Battle Saw U.S. Fighter Jets Defeated By A Single Unarmed Opponent

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In August 1956 interceptor aircraft took off from Oxnard Air Force Base in Southern California in pursuit of a rogue target. And in the ensuing aerial battle, rockets were fired that threatened the safety of the unassuming inhabitants below. All the while, too, a potential disaster was at real risk of unfolding.

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The aircraft involved were F-89D Scorpions, which at the time were state-of-the-art fighter jets employed by the U.S. Air Force. And the very utilization of the jets revealed the true extent of the danger at hand. The Scorpion was, after all, contemporaneously described as “the most heavily armed interceptor in the air force.”

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