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Operation Niagara

Besieged U.S. Marines at Khe Sanh, Vietnam, watch as a U.S. Air Force F-4 makes close air support strike over the area. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Close Air Support in SEAClose Air Support in SEA
Close Air Support in SEA

On the hot flight line at Phu Cat Air Base, Airmen 2nd Class Francis Branch (left) and John Sellung remove a 20mm cannon from an F-100 in October 1967. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Close Air Support in SEA

While taking a break during a combat sweep south of Chu Lai, South Vietnam, these U.S. Army soldiers watch air strikes pound suspected communist positions in November 1969. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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An F-4C from the 12th Tactical Fighter Wing delivers close air support to armored vehicles in South Vietnam during April 1969. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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An F-100 finishes its attack on an enemy target. Depending on the type of target, F-100s could deliver a deadly mixture of conventional bombs, cluster bombs, rockets and napalm. They could also strafe enemy forces with their four devastating 20mm cannon. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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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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Close Air Support in SEA

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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Close Air Support in SEA

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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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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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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