Helicopters were used in a big way in Vietnam. I recalled coming across mention that 600 helicopters had been shot down in Vietnam and I thought that was hideous. In Rhodesia helicopters were critical for our fight. We only had 8 and South Africa lent us another 42. These proved to be utterly critical in our survival. So the thought of 600 helicopters being shot down in Vietnam made me cringe.
Then I went to check up on it, and found that the reality was even worse. 10,000 aircraft and helicopters were shot down in Vietnam, over 5,000 of which were helicopters!!! Jan]
During the Vietnam War, thousands of U.S. aircraft were lost to antiaircraft artillery (AAA), surface-to-air missiles (SAMs), and fighter interceptors (MiG)s. The great majority of U.S. combat losses in all areas of Southeast Asia were to AAA. The Royal Australian Air Force also flew combat and airlift missions in South Vietnam, as did the Republic of Vietnam. Among fixed-wing aircraft, more F-4 Phantoms were lost than any other type in service with any nation. In total, the United States military lost in Vietnam almost 10,000 aircraft, helicopters and 578 UAVs (554 over Vietnam and 24 over China).
There were about 11,835 helicopters that served in the Vietnam War. The records showing 5,607 helicopter losses or about half (excluding South Vietnam army lost)
South Vietnam’s army lost 2,500 aircraft and helicopters, excluding UAVs (including 1,018 aircraft and helicopters lost from January 1964 to September 1973).
North Vietnam lost 150 – 200 aircraft and helicopters.