Serving as a Jet Fighter Pilot in the Vietnam War
Grades: 3 - 5

Video Description: New August 2022! Jet pilot Bill Stryker shares his experiences as a fighter pilot in the Vietnam War. Archival footage and images are included throughout.

Type of Video: Segment*
Unique Video ID: US History-217**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • After viewing the video, have students make a list of questions they would have liked to hear Mr. Bill “Striker” Switzer answer, then have them research the answers.
  • The narrator of the aircraft carrier archival footage has a gravely timber in his voice, and a short, direct manner of speaking, which fits with the topic. Have your students write copy for that segment and practice narrating in different voice and speaking styles.
  • Mr. Bill “Striker” Switzer served in Europe from 1991 to 1994. Have your students find out what was happening in Europe during those years that required fighter jets.


To learn more about the World War II and Vietnam, check out the full program this segment is edited from: History in the First Person: Veterans Day 2014 Program 1.

*Segment videos are short excerpts edited from interviews or interactive programs that offer flexible and differentiated ways to use the rich content included in the full-length conversation.

**The unique Video ID can be used to quickly locate a single video in the ET collection. This search function is designed to let teachers assign students to watch a specific video and have only that video appear as a search result. Just click on Search and choose “By Video ID.” Then type in the Video ID as it appears above. Be sure to include the dash.