By Pierre Kosmidis
The U.S. Air Force flew 5.25 million sorties over South Vietnam, North Vietnam, northern and southern Laos, and Cambodia, losing 2,251 aircraft: 1,737 to hostile action, and 514 in accidents.
2,197 of the losses were fixed-wing, and the remainder rotary-wing. The USAF sustained approximately 0.4 losses per 1,000 sorties during the conflict, which compared favorably with a 2.0 rate in Korea and a 9.7 figure during World War II.
The Republic of Vietnam lost 1,018 aircraft and helicopters from January 1964 to September 1973.
877 Republic of Vietnam aircraft were captured at war’s end (1975)
North Vietnam lost 150 – 200 aircraft and helicopters.
Among fixed wing aircraft, more F4 Phantoms were lost than any other type in service with any nation (445 total, 382 in combat).