5,000 pound bomb, dropped from a C-130 (inset), explodes in a heavy jungle area to clear an instant helicopter landing pad. USAF photo, courtesy of Frank Vaughan.

A-1

A USAF Seventh Air Force A-1 Skyraider attacks enemy troops and bunkers over a heavy jungle area in Vietnam. USAF Photo.

A-1

A-1 Skyraider close supply. Transferred from the Byrd Archives (vnr666).

A-1

A-1 Skyraider hitting hamlet. Transferred from the Byrd Archives (vnr665).

A-37_Dragonfly

Napalm cannisters being dropped from a USAF A-37 Dragonfly tactical aircraft. Transferred from the Byrd Archives.

ac-47

The interior view of a venerable Douglas AC-47 Spooky gunship, also known as Puff. Courtesy of Frank Vaughan.

ac-119

A USAF Lockheed AC-119 Shadow Gunship. Courtesy of Frank Vaughan.

B-26

USAF Douglas B-26 Invader used by the Air Commandos during Farm Gate.

B-52

USAF Boeing B-52 Stratofortess on a bombing run. Transferred from the Byrd Archives.

B-57

USAF Martin B-57 Canberra.

C-130

SAF Lockheed C-130 Hercules ready to roll. Transferred from the Byrd Archives.

F-102A

Convair F-102A Delta Dagger - 509th FIS.

F-111A

General Dynamics F-111A.

minigun

Illuminating the night sky with a stream of fire, this is one of the SUU-11 7.62 6 barrel machine gun pods on a AC-47 gunship. DOD photo.

O-1

USAF Cessna O-1 Bird Dog observation / forward air controller (FAC) and helicopter at an unidentified location. Transferred from the Byrd Archives.

OV-10

A USAF North American OV-10 Bronco. This light plane was used extensively as a Forward Air Controler (FAC)

paddy

This is a picture of Paddy Control - Can Tho Airield, RVN 1966 or 1967. Courtesy of Jerry Williamson.

phuquoc

Phu Quoc airstrip was built by the Japanese in WW2. This is the new airport at Phu Quoc Island (Duong Dong) former home of Det. 1 619th TCS, taken in 1997. Courtesy of Jim Hale.

psyops

Psyops aircraft, likely a USAF Helio U-10A, dropping propaganda leaflets. Transferred from the Byrd Archives.

TF-9J

A USMC Grumman TF-9J Cougar used as a FAC for fast movers (high speed jet aircraft).

UC-123

A US Air Force Fairchild UC-123 Provider specially converted for spraying and used to deliver herbicides during Operation Ranch Hand. These planes were originally developed to replace an aging small fleet of C-47 to spray insecticides during outbreaks, such as a grasshopper plague in Nebraska. DOD.

UC-123

Flying low and slow in order to complete a Ranch Hand mission, the UC-123s get a F-4 Phantom escort. DOD.

Ap1 dropping bomb

A Vietnamese Air Force A-1H dropping its ordinance on an enemy target. DOD.

                             Prototype AC-130U

vnr662

Ton Son Nhut recon photo. Transferred from the Byrd Archives.

vnr664

Scramble w/jet in revetment. Transferred from the Byrd Archives.

vnr668

Airbase w/jeeps and buildings. Transferred from the Byrd Archives.

C-123 spaying

C-123 spraying Orange. Transferred from the Byrd Archives.

5 Air Planes Spaying

5 planes spraying echelon right. Transferred from the Byrd Archives.

Bomb run

Bomb run, detonation. Transferred from the Byrd Archives.

Burned  Plane

Burned plane. Transferred from the Byrd Archives.

 

Airbase w/C-130's and beach. Transferred from the Byrd Archives.

Light Observation Plane

Light observation plane, likely a USAF Helio U-10A. Transferred from the Byrd Archives.

USAF pHOTO

A brand-new VNAF pilot is given the traditional soaking reserved for pilots who complete their first solo flight. Be it from a bucket of water, or a base swimming pool, fledgling pilots know they are going to get wet after they complete that first solo. USAF Photo. Scanned and courtesy of Frank Vaughan.

A VNAF crew chief helps his pilot prepare for takeoff. Ironically, the crew chief is wearing a baseball-style cap from the USAF 497th Tactical Fighter Squadron, an F-4 unit that flew night escort/bombing missions out of Ubon, Thailand. USAF Photo. Scanned and courtesy Frank Vaughan.

 

VNAF maintenance teams give a Northrop F-5 freedom fighter its periodic checkup. USAF Photo.

American Soldier guys

A USAF advisor works with his VNAF counterpart in reviewing the fine points of a pre-flight checklist. USAF Photo.

A USAF NCO works with his South Vietnamese counterpart in honing his base defense skills. USAF Photo.