Category: airplanes

USAF de Havilland Canada C-7 Caribou landing at Dak Seang. The…

USAF de Havilland Canada C-7 Caribou landing at Dak Seang. The smoke visible was used to show direction of the winds, 5 November 1971.

From the source: An enjoyable job for Marine plane captains of…

From the source:

An enjoyable job for Marine plane captains of VMA-311 as they wash grime and dirt from their A4E Skyhawks. The washing is necessary to prevent corrosion and clogging of moving parts on the exterior of the plane. Lance Corporal William E. Lysle (Burbank, Calif.), left, and Lance Corporal Porter R. Tkachuk (Boston, Mass.), mix another batch of soap to clean the aircraft. [1965]

todaysdocument: “COMFORTABLE MAINTENANCE– During a lull in their…

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“COMFORTABLE MAINTENANCE– During a lull in their flight schedule, Marine Cpl. William H. Mielke, top, and LCpl. Phillip J. Orlando of Headquarters and Maintenance Squadron-36, take a comfortable position before starting to clean the big AD20-8 engine of the H&MS-36 C-117 aircraft.” 30 Dec 67

31 – Aircraft – Maintenance – December 30, 1967, 12/30/1967.
File Unit: Divider/Subject – 31 – Aircraft – Maintenance, 1962 – 1975Series: Black and White Photographs of Marine Corps Activities in Vietnam, 1962 – 1975Record Group 127: Records of the U.S. Marine Corps, 1775 – 


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Operation Linebacker II

After peace talks between the United States and North Vietnam broke down in 1972, the American military carried out Operation Linebacker II, the sequel to an aerial campaign completed earlier that year. Also known as the “Christmas Bombings” or “December Raids,” American B-52s delivered heavy infrastructural damage to North Vietnam resulting in mass power outages and destroying the rail system. Operation Linebacker II resulted in approximately 1,600 civilian casualties.

Bombs lined up as preparations are made for LINEBACKER Operations over North Vietnam

A munitions specialists prepares a bomb that will be used during LINEBACKER Operations over North Vietnam

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From the source: US Air Force flight line, Bien Hoa Air Base….

From the source:

US Air Force flight line, Bien Hoa Air Base. Mostly F-100’s but notice the four delta wing F-102 interceptor’s at lower right standing by for the MiGs that never came. An F-102 crashed after takeoff just over the river in the background when I was in the 190th AHC. One of our helicopters was there to pick him up before his parachute hit the ground.

North American Rockwell OV-10 Bronco, circa 1969.

North American Rockwell OV-10 Bronco, circa 1969.

US Navy Light Photographic Squadron 62 (VFP-62) Vought F-8…

US Navy Light Photographic Squadron 62 (VFP-62) Vought F-8 Crusader on the deck of the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1966.

From the source:

[The following from Cdr. Norm Green gives more information on the above photo.] “Close inspection of the photo reveals that the aircraft has flown 25 combat missions when the picture was taken; it was pretty busy since we had only flown missions on about 23 days at that point. Using Russian math and some guesswork I would guess that the picture was taken on perhaps the 4th or the 5th of Sept, I flew that aircraft both Days. At first I thought that it might have been the 6th of Sept, the day Norm Bundy crashed in that aircraft; but I doubt that because of the light ripples in the water. There was no wind on the 6th of Sept, the Gulf of Tonkin was as smooth as glass. I remember that the cat officers could only give us 5-6 knots above stall speed that day. The Rosy had all boilers on line and was pulling her guts out. Amazing, sometimes I struggle to remember my street number but remember things from 48 years ago.”

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Offloading rockets from a USAF Lockheed C-130 Hercules, Song Be…

Offloading rockets from a USAF Lockheed C-130 Hercules, Song Be Army Air Field, circa 1969.

Cessna O-1 Bird Dog of the 73rd Aviation Company flying over…

Cessna O-1 Bird Dog of the 73rd Aviation Company flying over rice paddies, 1963.

From the source:FIRST MISSION – Marine First Lieutenant Berry C….

From the source:

FIRST MISSION – Marine First Lieutenant Berry C. Bunch, 23, (Chester, Calif.), takes off on his first combat mission in Vietnam.  The F-4B Phantom pilot flies with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 115, which returned to Vietnam during May.

Photographed 24 May 1967.