A Wild Weasel is a nickname for an aircraft in the United States Air Force that is supposed to destroy enemy anti-aircraft guns, surface-to-air missiles, and other ground attack weapons by seeking them out with radar and destroying them with missiles.
History[change | change source]
The idea was first thought of in 1965 during the Vietnam War, because North Vietnamese surface-to-air missiles, or "SAMs" were destroying American aircraft. The first Wild Weasel airplane was the F-100 Super Sabre, a variant of the F-86 Sabre. In 1966, the F-105 Thunderchief took the job.
After that, a new kind of F-4 Phantom IIs, the "G" model was used as a Wild Weasel. During the Gulf War of 1991, Wild Weasel missions were done by the F4-G  and not theF-16 Fighting Falcon, a light fighter-bomber that can also battle enemy fighter aircraft. Currently, the F-16CJ does this. They were being used in the Iraq War.
Weapons used[change | change source]
In the Vietnam War, the main missile used by Wild Weasels was the AGM-45 Shrike. Currently, some of the weapons used by the Wild Weasel planes includes the AGM-88 HARM and the AGM-65 Maverick air-to-ground missiles. They can also have ALQ-131 and ALQ-184 pods that can mess up enemy radar.
References[change | change source]
- "Military History Online - The Wild Weasels in Vietnam". www.militaryhistoryonline.com.
- Magnum! The Wild Weasels in Desert Storm by Brick Eisel and Jim Schreiner
- Military, Kennedy Hickman; curator, naval history expert Kennedy Hickman has nearly 20 years of experience as a museum; director; Channel, has been featured on The History. "Vietnam War: F-4 Phantom II". ThoughtCo.
- "Society of Wild Weasels - Home". wildweasels.org.
- "FindArticles.com - CBSi". findarticles.com.