Charles B. DeBellevue

Charles B. DeBellevue

Flying Ace
Born Aug 15, 1945

Colonel Charles Barbin “Chuck” DeBellevue is a retired officer in the United States Air Force. In 1972, while flying during the Vietnam War, DeBellevue became the first Air Force Weapon Systems Officer (WSO) to become a flying "Ace". He was credited with a total of six MiG kills, the most earned by any U.S. aviator during the Vietnam War and is a recipient of the Air Force Cross.… Read More

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1945 Birth Born on August 15, 1945.


1968 22 Years Old After applying unsuccessfully to the United States Air Force Academy, he attended and graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (then named the University of Southwestern Louisiana), in 1968. … Read More
1969 23 Years Old Accepted into Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT), he failed to complete the course, but subsequently applied for and was accepted into Undergraduate Navigator Training (UNT) at Mather Air Force Base, California in July 1969. … Read More
…  In 1972, DeBellevue became one of only five Americans to achieve flying ace status within the Vietnam War and the first Air Force Weapon Systems Officer (WSO) to earn ace status. … Read More
1975 29 Years Old In 1975, he moved to Elmendorf AFB, Alaska, where he served as the assistant operations officer in the 43d Tactical Fighter Squadron. … Read More


1995 49 Years Old He was then assigned as the commander of the 95th Air Base Wing at Edwards AFB, California, until 1995. … Read More
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