Those raids, dubbed Operation Flaming Dart, led to a sustained, strategic air campaign against North Vietnam
10) Originally operating under the mission name Queen Bee, the C-130B-II aircraft would orbit over the Gulf of Tonkin to gather information on VPAF air defenses as USAF strike aircraft bombed North Vietnam
under Operation Rolling Thunder.
Not much in When Thunder Rolled is new: flying the Thunderchief in combat over North Vietnam
in the mid-1960s was hazardous to one's health; the theory of gradualism wasted air men's lives without having much impact on enemy decisions; and micromanagement of field leadership from afar had similar effects.
But the deal broke down and Nixon ordered the massive" Christmas bombing" of North Vietnam
, killing more than a thousand civilians.
112) Nearly every night until the end of Rolling Thunder, the 44th TFS scheduled two to four F- 105F Commando Nail missions into the southern portion of North Vietnam
to interdict the flow of supplies to North Vietnamese forces in South Vietnam.
By the end of the operation, however, the B-52s were traversing North Vietnam
at will, the enemy having expended the last of his surface-to-air missiles.
The F-16's capability for night operations stands in stark contrast to the Air Force's limited ability twenty-four years earlier to strike targets in North Vietnam
at night or in bad weather.
Successive Democratic administrations sent American troops into harm's way in South Vietnam only to see North Vietnam
Clark and another officer, whose name has not been released at the request of his family, took off in an A-6A Intruder from Midway (CV 41) on a mission to suppress surface-to-air missiles in North Vietnam
on 10 January 1973 and were not heard from again.
They called this complex the Trung Son Road, named for the range of mountains that ran down the western spine of North Vietnam
into Laos and the south.
During the 1972 "Kerry for Congress" campaign, flyers invited voters to "hear Ramsey Clark, former Attorney General, who has just recently returned from a visit in North Vietnam
The pretext for the Vietnam War was the Gulf of Tonkin incident in which North Vietnam
ships supposedly attacked a US warship.