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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
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
North American F-100 Super Sabre Pilot's Flight Operating Instructions By United States Air Force
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The first of the so-called Century Series of fighters, North American’s F-100 Super Sabre served with distinction in Vietnam and the Cold War. Originally designed as a replacement for the... More > F-86 fighter, the swept-wing “Hun” (a nickname derived from “Hundred”) debuted in 1953. After arriving in SE Asia in 1962, it came into its own as a fighter-bomber. The two-seat F-100F performed well in the forward air control role, and conducted “Wild Weasel” missions. It also flew with the Thunderbirds, and the “A” and “C” models established the world’s first supersonic speed records of 755.14 and 822 mph. Originally printed by North American and the USAF, this Flight Operating Manual was classified “Restricted”. It is now declassified and is here reprinted in book form. This affordable facsimile has been reformatted and color images appear in black and white. Care has been taken however to preserve the integrity of the text.< Less
Mike Five Eight: Air War Over Cambodia By Rocky Raab
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In Mike Five Eight, Lieutenant Rusty Naille returns to Vietnam to complete his interrupted combat tour as a Forward Air Controller. Once again, he "volunteers" to fly a highly dangerous and... More > even more secret mission than before – this time, over Cambodia. His Cessna O-2 plane is unmarked, he carries no identification, his existence is disavowed by his own government, and his right-seater is an NVA defector.< Less
Mike Five Eight: Air War over Cambodia By Rocky Raab
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In Mike Five Eight, Lieutenant Rusty Naille returns to Vietnam to complete his interrupted combat tour as a Forward Air Controller. Once again, he "volunteers" to fly a highly dangerous and... More > even more secret mission than before - this time, over Cambodia. His Cessna O-2 plane is unmarked, he carries no identification, his existence is disavowed by his own government, and his right-seater is an NVA defector.< Less
Red Markers, Close Air Support for the Vietnamese Airborne, 1962-1975 By Gary Willis
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FROM 1962 UNTIL EARLY1973, a handful of USAF officers and airmen directed close air support for the Vietnamese Airborne and its American advisors in MACV Advisory Team 162. This Red Marker detachment... More > began as a single Air Liaison Officer. It grew into a combat unit of 36 personnel with a dozen aircraft before shrinking to a single officer as the United States withdrew from combat. Over the decade of its existence, less than 175 men served in the unit. Five of them died in combat. This book contains the history of these forward air controllers from the beginning to the end, based on contributions from 76 men who were there.< Less
Close Air Support In Vietnam - Tactics and Techniques, 1961 - 1973 By Lt. Col Ralph A. Rowley
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This historical study deals with U.S. Air Force close air support operations within the Republic of Vietnam. with the emphasis on tactics and techniques. The author. Lt. Col. Ralph Rowley previously... More > wrote two monographs dealing with the important role played by Forward Air Controllers (Faces) in South Vietnam. In this study, he examines such operations from the viewpoint of the pilots and crews of the attack aircraft. These included T-28's, A-1E's, A-26's, A-7's, F-100's, B-26's and B-57's. The role of Air Force gunships -- the AC-47, AC-119, and the AC-130 -- and the armed Forward Air Controller (FAC) also are discussed by the author. In addition, he describes the key role played by the Tactical Air Control System, which the Air Force established in Vietnam in the early 1960's. Colonel Rowley's monograph is the twentieth classified historical study on the war published by the Office of Air Force History since 1962. This TS document was recently made unclasssified. Book is loaded with pictures.< Less
Red Markers, Close Air Support for the Vietnamese Airborne, 1962-1975 By Gary Willis
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From 1962 until early 1973, a handful of USAF officers and airmen directed close air support for the Vietnamese Airborne and its American advisors in MACV Advisory Team 162. This Red Marker... More > detachment began as a single Air Liaison Officer. It grew into a combat unit of 36 personnel with a dozen aircraft before shrinking to a single officer as the United States withdrew from combat. Over the decade of its existence, less than 175 men served in the unit. Five of them died in combat. This book contains the history of these forward air controllers from the beginning to the end, based on contributions from 76 men who were there.< Less
"Cleared Hot" Book Two By FAC ASSOCIATION, Inc.
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This book contains 256 real-life stories submitted by USAF and allied pilots who participated in the Vietnam war as Forward Air Controllers, those who flew with them, those who supported them on the... More > ground, and, in some cases, those on the ground whom they supported. These brave pilots flew small, slow aircraft at low altitudes searching for the enemy and then directed pilots flying ground-attack aircraft onto those targets. Many did not return. They gave all. This book is dedicated to them. Along with "Cleared Hot," the first book, it is absolutely THE best FAC book available today — bar none — and a great addition to every FAC’s personal library!< Less
"Cleared Hot" Book Two By FAC ASSOCIATION, Inc.
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This book contains 256 real-life stories submitted by USAF and allied pilots who participated in the Vietnam war as Forward Air Controllers, those who flew with them, those who supported them on the... More > ground, and, in some cases, those on the ground whom they supported. These brave pilots flew small, slow aircraft at low altitudes searching for the enemy and then directed pilots flying ground-attack aircraft onto those targets. Many did not return. They gave all. This book is dedicated to them. Along with "Cleared Hot," the first book, it is absolutely THE best FAC book available today — bar none — and a great addition to every FAC’s personal library!< Less