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  • Bell Model 8048

    This liquid-fueled rocket engine powered early Agena spacecraft that played a crucial role in putting the first reconnaissance and early warning satellites into orbit in the 1950s and 1960s. Used as a second stage to boost satellites into higher orbits, Agena upper stages transformed Air Force ballistic missiles into effective space launch
  • Boeing LGM-30G Minuteman III

    The Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) is the United States' only current operational land-based strategic nuclear missile. It is one leg of the nuclear deterrent "triad" that also includes USAF bombers and U.S. Navy submarine-launched missiles. U.S. nuclear forces are on alert at all times, ensuring a swift response in the
  • Boeing LGM-30A Minuteman IA

    The Minuteman missile concept pushed rocket technology to a new level and it vastly improved U.S. nuclear strategic deterrence. Minuteman was the first U.S. intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) to use solid fuel, permitting quick-response launches in case of attack. The first Minuteman missiles became operational in late 1962.Minuteman IA
  • Brutality and Endurance

    North Vietnam did not treat Americans as prisoners of war. Instead, they justified brutalizing POWs by claiming they were simply outlaws in an "undeclared war." Sixty-five POWs died in captivity, either by execution, torture, injury or disease. Torture was Common North Vietnamese brutally and systematically tortured American prisoners to force them
  • B-52 Tail Gunners 2 - MiGs 0

    Thirty-one B-52s were lost in Southeast Asia. Eighteen were lost to surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) or ground fire, and the other 13 were non-combat losses. No B-52s were lost to communist aircraft, but during Operation Linebacker II, two B-52D tail gunners, Staff Sgt. Samuel Turner and Airman 1st Class Albert Moore, each shot down a MiG-21 on
  • B-52s and Linebacker II

    Operation Linebacker II was a complex, multi-service operation over North Vietnam in December 1972. The B-52 missions flown during Linebacker II became the best known B-52 operations of the Southeast Asia War. The first Operation Linebacker was the aerial interdiction campaign to halt the flow of supplies during North Vietnam's Easter Offensive
  • B-52D Battle Damage Report

    There are approximately 56 holes causing extensive damage to skin structures at the following locations: fuselage, left and right wings, nose radome, left aft wheel door, vertical stabilizer, left and right horizontal stabilizers, and the left and right drop tanks. (Damage indicated by yellow dots) Internal damage is as follows: seven holes in
  • B-52 Stratofortress in Southeast Asia

    The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress became a powerful weapon and an icon during the Southeast Asia War. Although the B-52 was developed to deliver nuclear weapons, its first combat mission took place in 1965 when it dropped conventional bombs on communist forces in South Vietnam. In Operation Arc Light, B-52s bombed enemy targets across South Vietnam
  • Beyond 100 Missions North

    Some customs of "100 Missions up North" spread beyond completing a 100-mission tour over North Vietnam. Airmen that did not fly most (or any) of their missions over the North directly copied the design of the original F-105 patch, while others used the idea of a mission tally in a humorous way. The tradition even continued beyond the Southeast Asia
  • B-66 Flight Engineers

    Few enlisted personnel had the opportunity to fly over North Vietnam during ROLLING THUNDER, but a small group of enlisted flight engineers completed 100-mission tours over North Vietnam in B-66 electronic warfare aircraft in 1966. Later, enlisted flight engineers were taken off B-66 crews.Click here to return to Badge of Honor: 100 Missions Up
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