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A weasel, nicknames Willie, figured prominently in many official and unofficial Wild Weasel patches and logos. (U.S. Air Force photo)

A weasel, nicknames Willie, figured prominently in many official and unofficial Wild Weasel patches and logos. (U.S. Air Force photo)

A weasel, nicknamed Willie, figures prominently in many official and unofficial Wild Weasel patches and logos. (U.S. Air Force)

A weasel, nicknamed Willie, figures prominently in many official and unofficial Wild Weasel patches and logos. (U.S. Air Force)

A weasel, nicknamed Willie, figures prominently in many official and unofficial Wild Weasel patches and logos. (U.S. Air Force)

A weasel, nicknamed Willie, figures prominently in many official and unofficial Wild Weasel patches and logos. (U.S. Air Force)

A weasel, nicknamed Willie, figures prominently in many official and unofficial Wild Weasel patches and logos. (U.S. Air Force)

A weasel, nicknamed Willie, figures prominently in many official and unofficial Wild Weasel patches and logos. (U.S. Air Force)

A weasel, nicknamed Willie, figures prominently in many official and unofficial Wild Weasel patches and logos. (U.S. Air Force)

A weasel, nicknamed Willie, figures prominently in many official and unofficial Wild Weasel patches and logos. (U.S. Air Force)

A weasel, nicknamed Willie, figures prominently in many official and unofficial Wild Weasel patches and logos. (U.S. Air Force)

A weasel, nicknamed Willie, figures prominently in many official and unofficial Wild Weasel patches and logos. (U.S. Air Force)

A weasel, nicknamed Willie, figures prominently in many official and unofficial Wild Weasel patches and logos. (U.S. Air Force)

A weasel, nicknamed Willie, figures prominently in many official and unofficial Wild Weasel patches and logos. (U.S. Air Force)

A weasel, nicknamed Willie, figures prominently in many official and unofficial Wild Weasel patches and logos. (U.S. Air Force)

A weasel, nicknamed Willie, figures prominently in many official and unofficial Wild Weasel patches and logos. (U.S. Air Force)

A weasel, nicknamed Willie, figures prominently in many official and unofficial Wild Weasel patches and logos. (U.S. Air Force)

A weasel, nicknamed Willie, figures prominently in many official and unofficial Wild Weasel patches and logos. (U.S. Air Force)

A weasel, nicknamed Willie, figures prominently in many official and unofficial Wild Weasel patches and logos. (U.S. Air Force)
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A weasel, nicknamed Willie, figures prominently in many official and unofficial Wild Weasel patches and logos. (U.S. Air Force)

A weasel, nicknamed Willie, figures prominently in many official and unofficial Wild Weasel patches and logos. (U.S. Air Force)
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A weasel, nicknamed Willie, figures prominently in many official and unofficial Wild Weasel patches and logos. (U.S. Air Force)

A weasel, nicknamed Willie, figures prominently in many official and unofficial Wild Weasel patches and logos. (U.S. Air Force)
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A weasel, nicknamed Willie, figures prominently in many official and unofficial Wild Weasel patches and logos. (U.S. Air Force)

A weasel, nicknamed Willie, figures prominently in many official and unofficial Wild Weasel patches and logos. (U.S. Air Force)
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A weasel, nicknamed Willie, figures prominently in many official and unofficial Wild Weasel patches and logos. (U.S. Air Force)

A weasel, nicknamed Willie, figures prominently in many official and unofficial Wild Weasel patches and logos. (U.S. Air Force)
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A weasel, nicknamed Willie, figures prominently in many official and unofficial Wild Weasel patches and logos. (U.S. Air Force)

"Wild Weasel" describes the specialized USAF crews, aircraft and missions that suppress enemy air defenses with direct attacks. It originates with the name of the USAF's first anti-SAM program in 1965 -- Project Wild Weasel.

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