Cunningham, a Vietnam veteran fighter pilot, was born on December 8, 1941. He first became famous during the Vietnam War for being one of the Navy's only two flying aces during the war, along with his radio intercept officer Lieutenant Willy Driscoll. Together, Cunningham and Driscoll shot down a total of five enemy aircraft in 1972, a feat for which both soldiers were highly decorated. Cunningham also credited himself with killing North Vietnam's leading ace "Colonel Toon," although this claim remains disputed due to speculation that Colonel Toon was a mythical creation. Cunningham parlayed his military success into a political career, serving as a Congressman from California's 50th district over a period of 14 years starting in 1991. In a high-profile scandal in 2005, Cunningham pleaded guilty to accepting over $2 million in bribes, along with federal charges of conspiracy to commit bribery, mail fraud, wire fraud, and tax evasion. He resigned from the House of Representatives on November 28, 2005, and served a federal prison sentence until June of 2013. In this 1974 interview, Cunningham describes in considerable detail the shooting down of five Russian Aircraft Corporation MiGs, including North Vietnam's leading ace "Colonel Toon," who according to legend had seven American kills to his credit at the time. Lt. Cunningham gives a concise description of the surface-to-air missile threat in Vietnam, particularly over the North, and the tactics used to avoid being hit by one. He also describes the air combat tactics used in engaging other fighters, and his encounter with Colonel Toon. Cunningham also gives his opinion on President Nixon's decision to mine Hai Phong harbor, and defends "protective reaction" strikes. Names mentioned during the interview include: Len Batterman, Jane Fonda, Ramsey Clark, Bryan Grant, Jerry Sullivan, Willy White, Dwight Timm, Steve Rudloff, and Matt Connoly.