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Close Air Support In Vietnam By Ralph A Rowley
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This study traces the development of close air support tactics and operations in South Vietnam from 1961 through 1973. The early years (1961-64) witnessed the buildup of Farm Gate operations and... More > introduction of the Tactical Air Control System (Barn Door). Tactics evolved for the 0-1 Bird Dog FAC and for such strike aircraft as the T-28 Trojan, B-26 Invader, and A-lE Skyraider. During the buildup (1965-68) the 0-2A Skymaster and OV-10 Bronco bolstered forward air control. Strike operations were strengthened by the F-100 Super Sabre, B-57 Canberra, F-4 Phantom, F-5 Freedom Fighter, and A-37 Dragonfly. Gunships (the AC-47 Spooky, AC-130 Spectre, AC-119G Shadow, and AC-119K Stinger) also gave excellent assistance to group troops. Support of Special Forces commenced. Tactics were further refined to meet the changing needs of close air support. In the final period (1969-73) the OV-10 acted as an armed FAC. The A-7 Corsair II entered the war. Lastly, the study discusses the A-10 close air support aircraft.< Less
Forward Air Control In Vietnam By Ralph A Rowley
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Air Force forward air control operations in Southeast Asia. saw many thousands of air control missions flown in support of U.S., South Vietnamese, and Allied ground combat units. The 0-1, considered... More > inadequate from the beginning, underwent modification and refurbishing in order to provide an air control vehicle until the O-2A and OV-10 arrived on the scene to supplement and eventually replace it. Tactics changed as the enemy threat became more dangerous and the role of the forward air controller vastly expanded. The FACs not only controlled air strikes, but flew air cover for convoys and other troop movements, dropped propaganda leaflets, performed aerial reconnaissance sorties, and assisted Special Forces clandestine missions. Moreover, The FAC role saw the introduction of jet forward air controllers to operate in high threat areas, the inclusion of C-130s, and C-123s as FAC aircraft for night operations and the development of the armed FAC concept.< Less