Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Loosing first wingman.

This is another inspiration from Major Tran Ba Hoi book "A VNAF fighter pilot in an American war" wrote about loosing his first wingman while flying North American T-28B Trojan from the 2nd Fighter Squadron out of Danang...

"...While Nong was in a straight line along the flank approximately three hundred feet to the target, suddenly his T-28 nosed down and hit the ground, rolled over down the mountainside in a ball of blazing flame, and broke into pieces..."

The 83rd SOG Skyraider sketch.

Inspired by the book "A VNAF fighter pilot in an American war" by Major Tran Ba Hoi described an A-1H Skyraider from the 83rd SOG squadron did low level flight exercise over enemy water (NVN) in order to support Special Forces operated deep inside enemy territory recovered by the sea and got picked up by FPT operated out of Danang...

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Mission Accomplished.

A VNAF A-1E from the 514FS coming in for landing at Bien-Hoa AFB after a successful close air support mission circa 1972.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

"Kingbees" Honored in Las Vegas

After reading this article from this link,13190,SOF_0804_Kingbees,00.html

"On Christmas Day, 1968, our team was on a small hilltop, surrounded by NVA troops who torched the vegetation around the hill and were attempting to burn us off the hilltop. At the last moment, as our entire team was choking on smoke and ashes, then-Capt. Nguyen van Tuong piloted his H-34 down a steep mountainside to our LZ. His rotorwash pushed back the flames until our team boarded the chopper. As he lifted-off, flames consumed the area we had vacated."

I can see the sense on that hilltop with the old workhorse warrior KingBee H-34 hoover to the LZ to pick up the Special Force Team....I want to paint this story....