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F-100 super sabre units of the Vietnam war

Author: Peter Davies; David Menard
Publisher: Oxford : Osprey Publishing Limited
Series: Osprey Combat Aircraft, 89
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"USAF F-100 Super Sabre Units of the Vietnam War".


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Davies; David Menard
ISBN: 9781849084468 1849084467
OCLC Number: 769280434
Description: 96 sider : illustrations
Contents: Chapter 1 A very brief account of the design philosophy and development of the aircraft from the F-100A day fighter driven by Korean War needs, through the F-100C which provided Tactical Air Command's contribution to the nuclear deterrent, to the improved F-100D, the workhorse for Tactical Air Command world-wide and its war-horse in South Vietnam. Early deployments to Don Muang Airport, Thailand, in April 1961 in response to Pathet Lao incursion are followed by squadron-size deployments to Takhli RTAFB in 1962 and the first combat missions from Da Nang, South Vietnam, in June 1964. Chapter 2In response to the Gulf of Tonkin incident, more F-100Ds fly escort missions from Da Nang for reconnaissance flights over Laos and South Vietnam. Combat air patrols over the Gulf of Tonkin bring many near-engagements with MiGs, while the first loss on an attack mission in Laos occurs in August 1964. Super Sabres begin Operation Barrel Roll missions, including hazardous attacks on anti-aircraft sites, and fly fighter cover and flak suppression for F-105 strikes in Operation Flaming Dart. In November 1965 Operation Rolling Thunder involves three squadrons of F-100s as MiGCAP and flak suppression elements. F-100D pilot Lt Hayden Lockhart becomes the first USAF prisoner of war in Hanoi. Attacks on the Than Hoa and Ham Rong Bridges involve five flights of F-100s and a probable MiG kill for Capt Kilgus. F-4C Phantom IIs arrive and replace F-100s in the MiGCAP role. Chapter 3Four airbases are built or expanded in South Vietnam to house three tactical fighter wings equipped with F-100s for the `in-country' war, leaving only five F-100 squadrons in the USA. Intensive close-support missions are flown, including challenging night missions over the Ho Chi Minh trails. Pilots pride themselves on their accuracy and the frequency of their missions. The chapter will discuss the F-100's flying and fighting characteristics and the conditions and support networks at the relevant airbases.Chapter 4The conversion of F-100F airframes provided the USAF with its first Wild Weasels, pioneering SEAD techniques that are still in use and developing the equipment to defeat enemy radars and radar-guided missiles and guns. Training is carried out in great secrecy and four modified F-100Fs begin to operate from Korat RTAFB with F-105 bombers, destroying heavily defended SAM sites close to Hanoi. Missions continue until July 1966.Chapter 5`Misty' FACThe Commando Sabre detachment at Phu Cat AB provides high-speed FAC for air strikes from 1967 to May 1970, flying some of the most dangerous missions of the war and suffering heavy losses. They also fly combat air patrols for rescue missions searching for aircrew shot down in hostile territory. Once again the F-100 and its crews develop and introduce new battle techniques that are still part of today's aerial warfare tactics.Appendices:F-100 deployments to Southeast Asia: units, dates and bases, with commanding officers listed.F-100 specifications, performance and armament detailsF-100 combat losses.
Series Title: Osprey Combat Aircraft, 89


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