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  • FAC in SEA: South Vietnam - “In-Country”

    After the Gulf of Tonkin incident, the United States committed large numbers of ground forces in South Vietnam, or "in-country." To support these growing numbers, USAF FACs began flying missions in direct support of the U.S. units.To supplement the 19th TASS, the USAF activated the 20th TASS at Da

  • FAC in SEA: The Advisory Years

    In the early 1960s, the United States provided South Vietnam with increased military assistance and counterinsurgency training to resist the communist forces. At first, the USAF trained the South Vietnamese Air Force (VNAF) to use older, propeller-driven aircraft for CAS missions. Although they were

  • Fairchild C-123K Provider

    The Provider was a short-range assault transport used for airlifting troops and cargo to and from small, unprepared airstrips. The rugged C-123 became an essential part of U.S. Air Force airlift during the Southeast Asia War, where it flew primarily as an in-theater airlifter and a Ranch Hand

  • First Flight Mural

    Note: This exhibit is on display in Kettering Hall."The first flight mural depicts the historic achievements of Orville and Wilbur Wright at Kitty Hawk, N.C., on Dec. 17, 1903. On that day, these two brothers from Dayton, Ohio, liberated man forever from the limitations of the land and sea. The

  • From Ace to Space: Iven C. Kincheloe Jr.

    Iven C. Kincheloe Jr. was typical of those young Americans who fought the communist threat in the skies over Korea. Born on July 2, 1928, in Detroit, Mich., he entered the Air Force under the cadet program at Purdue University. While a member of the Air Force ROTC, he was sent to Wright-Patterson

  • First Jet vs. Jet Ace: Capt. James Jabara

    The world's first jet-versus-jet ace was USAF Capt. James Jabara, who scored his initial victory on April 3, 1951 and his fifth and sixth victories on May 20. He was then ordered back to the U.S. for special duty.At his own request, he returned to Korea in January 1953. By June, he had shot down

  • F-86 Sabre vs. MiG-15 Armament

    The F-86 carried six M-3 .50-caliber machine-guns like the one displayed at the museum. The M-3 was a later version of the M-2 used in World War II. The MiG-15 carried two 23mm and one 37mm cannon and was designed to destroy enemy bombers. The two cannons on display came from the museum's MiG-15.The

  • First Aerial Victories

    On the morning of June 26, 1950, one day after the start of the war, the U.S. Air Force's 68th Fighter (All-Weather) Squadron sent four F-82G aircraft from Itazuke Air Base in Japan to protect two Norwegian ships evacuating civilians from Seoul. While covering a motor convoy of civilians on the

  • Forward Air Control Communications

    Since Air Force and Army radios were not compatible, Mosquito airborne FACs and TACP personnel were critical for communicating between ground and air units.  Mosquito T-6s communicated with all the other elements using different radios, including the 8-channel ARC-3 and the portable SCR-300 (or

  • Field Order No. 58 Bomb Loading Annex

    Annex 1 to Field Order No 58 BOMB LOADING Target Force No. 1 1st Wave 4x1000-lb bombs with delay tail fuse from 1-6 hrs. 2nd Wave 6x500-lb bombs with delay tail fuses from 1-6 hrs. 3rd Wave 6x500-lb bombs with 45-second tail delay fuse. 4th Wave 6x500-lb bombs with 45-second tail delay fuse. All