wounded are evacuated to Andrews Air Force Base in
Library of Congress /
Photo by Warren K. Leffler
was extremely bloody for the United States, although of
course it was much more so for the people of
(both combatants and civilians). American casualties
included over 58,200 killed, almost 1,690 missing in action,
and over 303,630 injured. The casualties shown here arrived
back in the States via Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland,
the home base of Air Force One.
killed, injured and missing, both North Vietnam and South
Vietnam suffered more than 1 million casualties among their
armed forces. Shockingly, perhaps as many as 2,000,000
Vietnamese civilians also were killed during the
twenty-year-long war. The horrific total death toll,
therefore, may have been as high as 4,000,000.I
9/6/2011 - WASHINGTON (AFNS) --
Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office officials announced Sept. 6
that the remains of an Airman, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been
identified and returned to his family for burial with full military honors.
Maj. Thomas E. Reitmann, of Red Wing, Minn., will be buried Sept. 8 in Arlington
National Cemetery, Va.
In 1965, Reitmann was assigned to the 334th Tactical Fighter Squadron deployed
from Seymour-Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., to Takhli Air Base, Thailand. On Dec
1, 1965, he was flying a strike mission as the number three aircraft in a flight
of four F-105D Thunderchiefs as part of Operation Rolling Thunder. His target
was a railroad bridge located about 45 nautical miles northeast of Hanoi. As the
aircrew approached the target area, they encountered extremely heavy and
accurate anti-aircraft artillery. While attempting to acquire his target and
release his ordnance, Reitmann received a direct AAA hit and crashed in Lang Son
Province, North Vietnam.
Other pilots in the flight observed no parachute, and no signals or emergency
beepers were heard. Due to the intense enemy fire in the area, a
search-and-rescue team was not able to survey the site, and a two-day electronic
search found no sign of the aircraft or Reitmann.
In 1988, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam repatriated remains to the United
States believed to be those of Reitmann, officials said. The remains were later
identified as those of another American pilot who went missing in the area on
the same day as Reitmann.
Between 1991 and 2009, joint U.S.-S.R.V. teams, led by the Joint POW/MIA
Accounting Command, analyzed numerous leads, interviewed villagers and attempted
to locate the aircraft, officials said. Although no evidence of the crash site
was found, in 2009 and 2011 a local farmer turned over remains and a metal
button he claimed to have found in his corn field.
Among other forensic identification tools and circumstantial evidence,
scientists from the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory also used
mitochondrial DNA, which matched that of his brother, in the identification of
For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to account for
missing Americans, visit the DPMO web site athttp://www.dtic.mil/dpmo
or call 571-422-9059.
(Courtesy of the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense Public Affairs)
During the Vietnam War when a
forward air contoller (FAC) was directing an airstrike and had briefed the
fighter aircraft, and all participants had identified the target and the
location of friendly forces, the FAC issued this clearance to strike the target:
You're Cleared in Hot!
presents an overview of air operations throughout South Vietnam during the
conflict there as seen through eyes of a forward air controller or FAC. It is
intended as a supporting resource for a general course of study on the Vietnam
War. While there are personal anecdotes included in this narrative, this is not
a journal of my wartime experiences. I can provide only a limited personal
perspective on the Vietnam War, specifically, that of a U.S. Air Force forward
air controller in the northern two provinces of the Republic of Vietnam during
1968 and 1969. In this site I will attempt to expand on these experiences
through links to other resources.
Helicopter operations are not covered here. The outstanding efforts of airmen
from all services in rotary wing units are documented extensively elsewhere, and
links to those sites are provided. Similarly, the lack of coverage of the South
Vietnamese, Australian and Republic of Korea forces is not intended to diminish
their contribution. Where possible, links will be provided to appropriate sites.
Later additions to this site will cover the air war over North Vietnam and the
out of country interdiction effort.
This site is dedicated to the past and the future.
It is dedicated to the airmen of all services and all nations who were lost
in the Southeast Asia conflict. May the lessons for which they paid such a
high price help guide us into the future.
It also is dedicated to the students of today who seek to learn these
lessons. May my efforts here contribute to their understanding.
During the early days of the Vietnam War, the United States Air Force had almost
full autonomy over the skies of Vietnam. However, once the Soviet Union and
China began arming the North Vietnamese Army (NVA), with advanced Surface to Air
missile (SAM) systems, the U.S. domination of the skies was abrubtly challenged.
To deal with the new SAM threat, the U.S. Air Force decided to dedicate men and
machine exclusively to the SAM's. Thus a new breed of aviator and aircraft were
born, the "Wild Weasels."
The purpose of the "Weasels" was to seek out and engage NVA SAM sites, and if
possible destroy them. Often times though, the only way the Weasel pilots could
locate a SAM site was by getting the NVA to fire a SAM at them, thus revealing
their position. Tantamount to a suicide mission, the Weasel missions were
amongst the most dangerous sorties of the war. Losses in the Weasel squadrons
were among the highest of the war. In the early stages of the Weasel
development, the aircraft and its avionics were not ideally suited for this new
and dangerous mission. However as the war progressed, the U.S. Air Force
developed a dedicated Weasel aircraft, the Republic F-105G Thunderchief. The
"Thud" as it is affectionately known to the pilots who flew it, is recognized as
the workhorse of the Vietnam War. The men who flew the F-105 love the airplane
and from all accounts the aircraft performed superbly throughout the war.
One such Wild Weasel is retired U.S. Air Force Colonel George Acree. Colonel
Acree flew the F-105 both as a bomber and a Weasel aircraft. With over 200
missions over North Vietnam to his credit, Colonel Acree was one of a different
breed of men. Colonel Acree and the other Weasel pilots flew the most dangerous
missions of the war and did so with courage, honor and professionalism. Putting
aside the nasty politics that governed the Vietnam War, the Weasel pilots
accepted their mission and carried it out faithfully. The men who flew the
Weasel missions in the Vietnam War did so to a varying degree of success, but
they paved the way for the Wild Weasel program to become a major part of the
modern day United States Air Force....
War Air Force History 21 Volumes 5,270 pages of United
States Air Force history, in 21 volumes, archived on CD-ROM. Some of these
titles were produced from formally classified manuscripts. Official history
compiled by United States Air Force historians. Some of these volumes can be
difficult to find, because they were printed in limited quantities, and intended
for a specialized audience. Maps, charts, and photos are used to help document
the United States Air Force's role in the Vietnam War.
WAR Battlefield in Motion - USAF Aerial Warfare - Fortunate Son & Bad
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A1-Sky Raider aircraft carrier take off landing rescue gunship search and
destroy mission gunner rocket grenade launcher
In this series
of videos, we visit past and present Tan Son Nhut Air Force Base, including
Republic Street, Radomes, Base Exchange (BX), Hotel 3 Heliport, 7th Air Force
HQ, 224th Aviation Battalion Aviation Maintenance Office and Davis Station.
LLots of Bombs
being dropped by the B-52 Stratofortress ..Great Footage here ==================
Performance * Maximum speed: 560 knots (650 mph, 1,000 km/h) * Combat radius:
4,480 mi (3,890 nm, 7,210 km) * Ferry range: 11,000 mi (8,099 nm, 15,000 km) *
Service ceiling: 55,773 ft (17,000 m) * Rate of climb: 6270 ft/min (m/s) *
Wing loading: 30 lb/ft² (150 kg/m) * Thrust/weight: 0.51 * Lift-to-drag ratio:
Some pic from
Vietnam War! I have lot of them so I decided tu put only Air Force. Music is
from Jimi Hendrix "All Along The Watch Tower" I am not a specialist to make
films so if You don`t like it don`t be angry and if You have liked it then I
will be happy!
From now on,
any YT user who leaves a hateful, biased, bigoted, ignorant, racist or
xenophobic comment will be blocked. This video is posted only for the purpose of
information on what war can do to you, not to cause a pissing contest between
nations. I am sorry to say that most people who post that kind of comment are
American. Then again the Americans who know better and have a life don't post
that kind of comment. That was for all the people who have nicks like "hopeurforfreedom"
(no kidding! lol) and "Thud" (sounds "dull" ha ha). And it's OK if those ppl
think being blocked by me is a big victory for them. Remember, those are the
same ppl who think killing hundreds of thousands of civilians in VN or Iraq by
dropping bombs on them is a big victory.
So appreciate the vid for what it is, if you're a human being, not an animal.
An amazing interview of a USAF pilot "in action" in Vietnam. He is clearly
enjoying what he's doing. This is a clip from a 1977 french documentary by Chris
Marker, "A Grin Without a Cat" ("Le fond de l'air est rouge").
Une interview incroyable d'un pilote de l'US Air force en pleine « action » au
Vietnam. Manifestement, il adore ce qu'il fait. Extrait d'un documentaire de
Chris Marker de 1977, « Le fond de l'air est rouge ».
Vietnam War, DANANG AIRFORCE BASE
parked on field01:28:49close up of bomb tally on side of Airforce
jet01:29:00Line of Airforce jets on field01:29:06close up of Marines jet with
bombs along side01:29:07Pilot suited up walks across tarmac01:29:13Airforce jet
starts up engine /black smoke01:29:24close up of pilots in seats with face
masks01:29:27Airforce jet rolling out for take-off01:29:30Airforce jet taking
off from airstrip, bombers in background01:29:43Marines Helicopter, Soldier
conferring with pilot01:29:47Low view of helicopter taking off01:29:53Aerial of
rice fields, canals ,
STATES AIR FORCE IN VIETNAM
This enthralling account examines the main roles played by the United States Air
Force during the Vietnam War, highlighting both the combat and non-combat
operations carried out. From medical care, precisely orchestrated airstrikes and
the all important supply run the men, women and machines of the US Air Force
were an integral part of the war effort.
ANOTHER DAY OF WAR
The day of a United States Air Force soldier during the Vietnam conflict was
anything but routine, as the chaos of war ensured an unpredictable 24 hours. In
this documentary we examine the daily roles of a handful of these men including
engineers, ground staff, flight crews and those from help and rescue.
THE SPARROW HAWKS
Few jobs in the United States Air Force could have the uncertainty or danger
than that of the forward air controller, a man whose job it was to fly low over
uncharted territories and locate a hostile enemy intent on remaining
undiscovered. Once an enemy was detected a flare was sent to pinpoint their
location, for further ground or air troops to move in.
THE AIR MOBILE DIVISION
In 1965 the 1st Cavalry Division Air Mobile were deployed to Vietnam. Known as
the "Sky Troopers", this programme examines the inner workings of the division
covering their main mission objectives, the division structure and the logistics
involved in keeping them fighting.