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  • Capt. Steven L. Bennett

    Medal of Honor - Posthumously Awarded On June 29, 1972, Capt. Steven Bennett piloted his OV-10 on an artillery adjustment mission southeast of Quang Tri City. A forward air controller (FAC) assigned to the 20th Tactical Air Support Squadron, Bennett had already directed two close air support strikes by Navy fighters on that mission. From the
  • Capt. Hilliard A. Wilbanks

    Medal of Honor - Posthumously AwardedOn the afternoon of Feb. 24, 1967, Capt. Hilliard Wilbanks, a forward air controller (FAC) assigned to the 21st Tactical Air Support Squadron, was flying a reconnaissance mission in support of a South Vietnamese Ranger battalion. About 100 miles north of Saigon, he spotted a large communist force waiting to
  • Cessna O-2A Skymaster

    In late 1966 the U.S. Air Force selected a military variant of the Cessna Model 337 Super Skymaster, designated the O-2, to supplement the O-1 Bird Dog forward air controller (FAC) aircraft then operating in Southeast Asia. Distinguished by twin tail booms and tandem-mounted engines, it featured a tractor-pusher propeller arrangement. Having twin
  • Cessna O-1G Bird Dog

    The O-1G was a two-place observation and liaison aircraft developed from the commercial Cessna Model 170 in 1949. Originally designated L-19s, Bird Dogs were used by the U.S. Air Force, Army and Marine Corps for such tasks as artillery spotting, front-line communications, medical evacuation and pilot training.In Southeast Asia, the O-1s became a
  • Cessna A-37 Dragonfly

    From 1964-1966, the U.S. Air Force evaluated two modified T-37 trainers, designated YAT-37Ds, as prototypes for a counter-insurgency (COIN) attack/reconnaissance aircraft to use in Southeast Asia. Following this evaluation, the USAF contracted Cessna to modify 39 T-37Bs into A-37As in 1967. Later that year, the USAF sent 25 A-37As, nicknamed "Super
  • Concentration Camp Uniform

    Perhaps the rarest artifact in the Holocaust exhibit, this concentration camp uniform is one of very few still in existence. It was given to the exhibit by Jack Bomstein, whose father Moritz wore the uniform while he was imprisoned at Buchenwald.Note: Allied prisoners of war interned at Buchenwald in 1944 had their uniforms taken away, and they too
  • Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force

    Note: This exhibit is located in the connecting link between the World War II and Korean War Galleries.On Oct. 24, 1966, the Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen. John P. McConnell, announced the creation of the Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force (CMSAF) position. In April 1967 CMSgt. Paul W. Airey became first to hold that position. The CMSAF serves
  • Capt. Harold "Hal" Fischer: Double MiG Ace and POW

    Harold Fischer had great success as a fighter pilot in Korea, and he also endured captivity in communist China long after the end of hostilities. On his first tour in Korea, Fischer flew ground attack missions in F-80s in the 8th Fighter Bomber Wing. He stayed in the Far East and transferred to the Sabre-equipped 51st Fighter-Interceptor
  • Capt. McConnell Shot Down

    “I am Harold Chitwood, First Lieutenant, USAF, and at the time Mac was shot down I was stationed at K-13 Korea. I was assigned to the 39th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, 51st Fighter Wing. We were in the same squadron; as a matter of fact we went to Korea on the plane. I happened to be flying the ‘number 3’ position in Captain McConnell’s flight the
  • Close Air Support: Battering from Above

    " ... The support that our tactical air has given to our ground troops in Korea has perhaps never been equaled in the history of modern war." - Gen. Douglas MacArthur, commander of U.S. and UN forces in KoreaClose air support missions destroy enemy targets close to friendly ground troops. They require a high level of communication between air and
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