A-4 Skyhawk by Lou Drendel

By Lou Drendel

Outfitted from 1954 to 1979, Douglas Skyhawk had an extended construction existence than the other of the unfastened Worlds wrestle plane and served because the commonplace mild assault service airplane of the U.S. army for nearly two decades, supplying the majority of its outstanding strength in the course of a lot of the Vietnam warfare.

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A-4 Skyhawk

Equipped from 1954 to 1979, Douglas Skyhawk had an extended construction lifestyles than the other of the loose Worlds strive against airplane and served because the ordinary gentle assault service plane of the U. S. army for nearly two decades, supplying the majority of its remarkable strength in the course of a lot of the Vietnam battle.

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S. , 14 Jan 65, Westmoreland Message files, CMH; Tregaskis, Building the Bases, p. 80. 13 Engineers at War advance party to Saigon to set up the logistical element. Defense Secretary McNamara approved the plan in principle but, in no hurry to commit ground troops, decided further justification was warranted, particularly for the engineer group. In late January, he dispatched a Defense Department task force to Vietnam to make an on-site inspection and to review the management of the construction program.

Immediately afterward, MACV called on the firm to improve air base defenses, a task typically done by troops. In short order, the contractor erected emergency shelters, sand bag bunkers, security fences, and perimeter lighting at Tan Son Nhut, Bien Hoa, and other airfields. S. forces. S. expeditionary force. The airfield directory listed 251 usable and abandoned fields, most of which were small and unimproved. S. presence. In evaluating ports, the MACV plan noted that Saigon and Da Nang were the country’s only primary points of entry.

Approach to the war, they set the stage for a deeper American commitment to Vietnam. The military junta that came to power after the death of Diem proved to be fractious and inept, giving the Viet Cong even greater opportunity to spread their influence. A second coup in January 1964 only served to increase the instability of the South Vietnamese government and degrade the effectiveness of its armed forces. In the United States, meanwhile, Kennedy’s successor as president, Lyndon B. S. military support for the embattled South Vietnamese state.

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