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Photo-reconnaissance: Alone, Unarmed and Unafraid

The majority of Air Force reconnaissance flights in Southeast Asia involved unarmed RF-101C Voodoo and RF-4C Phantom II aircraft. Both were developed from fighter aircraft and had cameras installed in the forward fuselage.

Voodoo and Phantom aircrews photographed communist positions in South Vietnam and Laos, enemy movement on the Ho Chi Minh Trail, and targets in North Vietnam before and after bombing attacks. They also conducted weather reconnaissance flights ahead of strike forces.

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