Here are some shots from Jolly 71, a mission we always wanted to do. And some people have wanted a VPAF mission.
A SAR was in progress near the Mu Gia Pass on the NVN side. Seabird (and F-105G) had been shot down by a MiG while hunting SAM's.
MiG calls were coming in from Red Crown.
King had moved off west to refuel the spare HH-53.
Jolly 71 and 72 were inbound to attempt a pick up of the downed pilot.
Sandy was working guns and providing cover.
Two MiG-21's made a pass through the operation firing at Jolly 72 but hitting Jolly 71.
and too far south to do any good.
The Wild Weasel crew which had ejected safely was not recovered and their remains were returned.