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"Something Better Than the Shrike": The First USAF AGM-78 Standard Mission

After participating in the test program, Capts. George Acree and Frank O'Donnell flew on the first USAF AGM-78 missions over North Vietnam on March 10, 1968. Four Wild Weasel F-105s, each carrying two AGM-78s, covered a strike missions against a barracks near Hanoi. Acree and O'Donnell fired the first Standard. Although three of the eight AGM-78s fired by "Barracuda" flight failed, three hit their targets and two probably did -- a success rate nearly three times better than the Shrike.

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