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Boeing RC-135MBoeing RC-135M
Boeing RC-135M

Highly-capable RC-135s -- like this RC-135M COMBAT APPLE aircraft -- conducted communications and electronic intelligence. For most of the Southeas Asia War, unarmed RC-135s maintained a continuous, 24-hour orbit near the border of North Vietnam. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Boeing RC-135M


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Posted: 1/14/2014

Boeing RC-135CBoeing RC-135C
Boeing RC-135C

RC-135Cs played an important role in gathering electronic intelligence on North Vietnamese air defense systems. It was nicknamed the “Chipmunk” for its large “cheeks.” (U.S. Air Force photo)
Boeing RC-135C


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Posted: 1/14/2014

Boeing RB-47HBoeing RB-47H
Boeing RB-47H

The RB-47H flew missions early in the air campaign against North Vietnam (an RB-47H is on display in the museum’s Cold War Gallery). It was replaced by the RC-135. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Boeing RB-47H


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Posted: 1/14/2014

RPAs in Southeast AsiaRPAs in Southeast Asia
RPAs in Southeast Asia

Unlike later RPAs, the Firebee could not take off or land on its own. The Firebee was air-launched and controlled from a DC-130 director aircraft. After flying its mission, the AQM-34 was directed to a safe recovery area where its parachute was deployed. Then it would typically be retrieved with the Mid-Air Recovery System (or MARS). (U.S. Air Force photo)
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RPAs in Southeast AsiaRPAs in Southeast Asia
RPAs in Southeast Asia

DC-130 taking off on a mission in Southeast Asia, carrying two AQM-34s. Firebees flew using a pre-programmed guidance system or by remote control from the DC-130 crew. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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RPAs in Southeast AsiaRPAs in Southeast Asia
RPAs in Southeast Asia

An AQM-34L took this photograph as it flew underneath electrical lines in North Vietnam. The image distortion was a normal effect caused by the type of lens used. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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RPAs in Southeast AsiaRPAs in Southeast Asia
RPAs in Southeast Asia

Photos of a communist anti-aircraft battery taken at low altitude by a Firebee. The seven gun positions are marked with arrows. The inset photo was shot with the Firebee’s panoramic camera. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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RPAs in Southeast AsiaRPAs in Southeast Asia
RPAs in Southeast Asia

AQM-34L "Tom Cat" flew 68 missions over North Vietnam before being shot down by anti-aircraft fire over Hanoi. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 1/14/2014

Optical Reconnaissance CameraOptical Reconnaissance Camera
Optical Reconnaissance Camera

A typical aerial camera had a removable film magazine on top and an interchangeable lens cone below. Longer lens cones were for higher altitude or longer distances, while shorter cones were for low altitude.
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Posted: 1/14/2014

Chicago Aerial Industries KA-45 Optical CameraChicago Aerial Industries KA-45 Optical Camera
Chicago Aerial Industries KA-45 Optical Camera

This illustration of an RF-101C camera configuration has four KA-45 cameras with various lenses -- one pointed forward, one pointed straight down, and two angled to the side (called oblique).
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Posted: 1/14/2014

McDonnell RF-101CMcDonnell RF-101C
McDonnell RF-101C

The RF-101C could carry many different types of optical cameras, as displayed here. The aircraft’s three camera bays are open (nose tip, nose and under the national insignia). (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Capt. Jack Weatherby Capt. Jack Weatherby
Capt. Jack Weatherby

In November 1965 Maj. Gen. John Meyer presented the Air Force Cross on display to Capt. Jack Weatherby's widow, Barbara Weatherby, son Richard and daughter D’Ann. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 1/13/2014

    

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