Jeffrey S. Feinstein (born January 29, 1945) is a retired career officer of the United States Air Force. During the Vietnam War, Feinstein was a weapon systems officer, an integral part of two-man aircrews with the emergence of air-to-air missiles as the primary weapons during aerial combat. Flying aboard F-4 Phantom IIs, Feinstein downed five enemy aircraft, thereby becoming a flying ace, the last of five U.S. aviators to become aces during that conflict.
Jeffrey S. Feinstein
|Born||January 29, 1945|
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/||United States Air Force|
|Years of service||1963–1996|
|Unit||432nd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing|
|Awards||Air Force Cross|
Silver Star (4)
Legion of Merit
Distinguished Flying Cross (5)
Bronze Star Medal
Meritorious Service Medal
Air Medal (4)
Born in Chicago, Illinois, on January 29, 1945, Feinstein enlisted in the Air Force in 1963 to attend the United States Military Academy Preparatory School. He subsequently entered the United States Air Force Academy in 1964 and graduated in 1968.
While assigned to the 80th Tactical Fighter Squadron, he was detached to the 13th Tactical Fighter Squadron, part of the 432d Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, based at Udorn Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand. His actions, for which he received multiple awards of the Distinguished Flying Cross and Silver Star for his first four kills and the Air Force Cross for his fifth kill, took place prior to and during Operation Linebacker in 1972, making him a flying ace.
His nickname/tactical callsign was "Fang." Having originally been designated as an Air Force Navigator, he was given a vision waiver after Vietnam (Feinstein wore glasses to correct mild nearsightedness to 20/20).
Reassigned to the 9th Air Force staff at Shaw AFB, South Carolina in the 1990s, Feinstein also flew as Airborne Command Element Director aboard E-3 Sentry AWACS aircraft during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm from August 1990 to February 1991.
Lieutenant Colonel Feinstein retired from the U.S. Air Force on 1 July 1996.
Awards and DecorationsEdit
In addition to his Command Pilot wings, Navigator wings, and Parachutist wings, Feinstein was awarded the Air Force Cross, Silver Star (4 awards), Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross with Combat "V" (5 awards), Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (4 awards), Aerial Achievement Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, and numerous unit, expeditionary and service awards.
Air Force Cross citationEdit
- Feinstein, Jeffrey S.,
- Captain, U.S Air Force
- 13th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 388th Tactical Fighter Wing, Korat Royal Thai Air Base, Thailand
- Date of Action: October 13, 1972
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Title 10, Section 8742, United States Code, takes pleasure in presenting the Air Force Cross to Captain Jeffrey S. Feinstein, United States Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed force as an F-4D Phantom Weapon Systems Officer in the 13th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 388th Tactical Fighter Wing, Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand, in action against the Paul Doumer Bridge, a major north-south transportation link on Hanoi's Red River in North Vietnam, on 13 October 1972. On that date, while protecting a large strike force attacking a high priority target deep in hostile territory, Captain Feinstein engaged two enemy aircraft and destroyed one as they attacked the vulnerable chaff-dispensing flight. Having destroyed one of the aircraft and realizing that his wingman was coming under fire, Captain Feinstein continued his attack on the second enemy aircraft. This courageous and aggressive maneuver negated the immediate threat to his wingman and caused the second MiG-21 to flee the area in which he would constitute a threat to the strike forces. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of hostile forces, Captain Feinstein reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
MiG kill summaryEdit
|Date (1972)||TFS||Pilot||Weapon systems officer||Acft||Tail code||Call sign||Wpn||Kill|
|April 16||13||Major Edward D. Cherry||Capt Jeffrey S. Feinstein||F-4D 66-7550||PN||Basco 3||AIM-7||MiG-21|
|May 31||13||Capt Bruce G. Leonard Jr.||Capt J.S. Feinstein||F-4E 68-0338||ED||Gopher 03||AIM-9||MiG-21|
|July 18||13||Lt Col Carl G. Baily||Capt J.S. Feinstein||F-4D 66-0271||OY||Snug 01||AIM-9||MiG-21|
|July 29||13||Lt Col Carl G. Baily||Capt J.S. Feinstein||F-4D 66-0271||OY||Cadillac 01||AIM-7||MiG-21|
|October 13||13||Lt Col Curtis D. Westphal||Capt J.S. Feinstein||F-4D||OC||Olds 01||AIM-7||MiG-21|
- "MiG Killers: USAFA grads prove lethal to enemy pilots" (PDF). United States Air Force Academy. March 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2009-03-09.