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Close Air Support in SEAClose Air Support in SEA
Close Air Support in SEA

This F-100 pilot from the 90th Tactical Fighter Squadron targeted communist forces in South Vietnam with napalm in March 1966. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 6/5/2013

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To provide close air support as quickly as possible, the USAF kept strike aircraft and aircrews on alert. Here, Maj. Anthony Sheehan (front) and Capt. James McNeil run from their alert hut to their armed and waiting F-100s at Phan Rang Air Base in 1967. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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This illustration shows the “Figure Eight Pattern” tactic used by FACs for close air support. [Graphic extracted from: Study (U), Lt. Col. Ralph A. Rowley, The Air Force in Southeast Asia: Tactics and Techniques of Close Air Support Operations, 1961-1973 (Washington: Office of Air Force History, Feb 1976)]
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Nicknamed the “Hun,” the F-100 Super Sabre was possibly the best-known USAF close air support aircraft in the Southeast Asia War. Here, a forward air controller in an OV-10 directs these two F-100s in accurately delivering firepower in support of the ground forces. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Gunships provided crucial close air support for nighttime defense of hamlets, outposts, and military bases. This daytime photograph shows an AC-119G from the 17th Special Operations Squadron from Nha Trang Air Base over Tan Son Nhut Air Base in 1969. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Close Air Support in SEA

A B-57 of the 8th Tactical Bomb Squadron loaded with two 750-pound napalm canisters on each wing in 1969. In addition to carrying a larger bomb load, the jet-powered B-57s provided quicker response time to requests for close air support when a delay of just a few minutes could mean disaster for the ground forces. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Close Air Support in SEA

This drawing illustrates how a (1) flareship worked in concert with a (2) forward air controller (FAC) and (3) strike aircraft to provide close air support. By flying patterns to either side of the target, the flareship and FAC avoided each other and the strike aircraft. [Graphic extracted from: Study (U), Lt. Col. Ralph A. Rowley, The Air Force in Southeast Asia: Tactics and Techniques of Close Air Support Operations, 1961-1973 (Washington: Office of Air Force History, Feb 1976)]
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Time-lapse photograph of parachute flares dropped by a flareship just outside of Saigon. With this illumination, strike aircraft could provide close air support even at night. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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A South Vietnamese Air Force (VNAF) C-47 Skytrain of the 33rd Tactical Wing at Tan Son Nhut Air Base before a night flare drop mission in January 1967. Members of the 33rd worked with U.S. Air Force advisors to provide flare illumination for allied ground security forces and Air Force close air support operations. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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An American-trained South Vietnamese A-1E pilot looking at a target area after a close air strike against Viet Cong. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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The pilot of this F-100 pulls up sharply after releasing a napalm bomb on Viet Cong concealed in the tree line in the Mekong Delta. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 6/5/2013

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Capt. Kittinger landing. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 5/14/2013

    

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