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Luu Huy Chao
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Luu Huy Chao
Native name Lưu Huy Chao
Allegiance North Vietnam Democratic Republic of Vietnam
Service/branch Vietnam People's Air Force (North Vietnamese Air Force)
Unit 923rd Fighter Regiment
Battles/wars Vietnam War

Luu Huy Chao (1936-; Vietnamese: Lưu Huy Chao) is a former pilot of the Vietnam People's Air Force and a Vietnam War flying ace. Lưu Huy Chao flew a Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 "Fresco" from 1966 until 1968 against the USAF with the 923rd Fighter Regiment[1] in which during that period of time he was accounted for 6 air victories.[2] Luu Huy Chao was one out of the three pilots who flew MiG 17 aircraft to be confirmed by the US as aces.[3] The pilots were: Luu Huy Chao, Le Hai and Nguyễn Văn Bảy.[4][5]

Early lifeEdit

Luu Huy Chao was born in Thanh Hoa province in Vietnam. In 1957, Chao was accepted into the VPAF. He was sent to the PRC in 1959 for six years of training. After his return to North Vietnam in 1965, Chao flew in a MiG-17 against the USAF. In February 1966, he shot down a C-47 carrying South Vietnamese agent infiltrators.[6]


  1. Boniface, Roger (2010-01-01) (in en). MIGs Over North Vietnam: The Vietnam People's Air Force in Combat, 1965-75. Stackpole Books. ISBN 9780811706964. 
  2. Mersky, Peter (2014-11-20) (in en). F-8 Crusader vs MiG-17: Vietnam 1965-72. Osprey Publishing. ISBN 9781782008101. 
  3. Nordeen, Lon O. (2014-12-02) (in en). Air Warfare in the Missile Age. Smithsonian Institution. ISBN 9781588344397. 
  4. Toperczer, Istvˆn (2012-11-20). MiG-17 and MiG-19 Units of the Vietnam War. Osprey Publishing. ISBN 9781782006862. 
  5. Davies, Peter (2011-12-20) (in en). USN F-4 Phantom II vs VPAF MiG-17/19: Vietnam 1965-73. Osprey Publishing. ISBN 9781780962283. 
  6. Appy, Christian G. (2004-09-28) (in en). Patriots: The Vietnam War Remembered from All Sides. Penguin. ISBN 9781440626548. 

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