B-52D strategic bombers, converted to carry conventional munitions, in Operation Arc Light, at U-Tapao during Vietnam War. Numerous U.S. Air Force B-52D bombers of the Strategic Air Command (SAC) are parked in concrete revetments at U-Tapao Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand. A single B-52 begins to taxi out of its parking place. As it turns toward the camera, sunlight glints off its windshield. It taxis slowly between the other parked aircraft. Scene shifts to a B-52 moving slowly along a taxiway towards the active runway, where two other B-52s are holding short. Low mountains dominate the background. Next, the taxiing B-52 continues along, behind only one other holding short of the active runway. (These three B-52s are likely leaving on a 3-aircraft Arc Light mission over Vietnam.) View of another B-52 taxiing past one parked in a revetment, while another B-52 departs on a long takeoff role along the active runway, in the background. Camera focuses on a B-52 taking off and becoming airborne.
View of the first three U.S. B-52 bombers (of a force of 15) landing at U-Tapao Airbase, Thailand on April 10, 1967. These bombers hit targets in Vietnam on their way to U-Tapao. (The entire force arrived during the period from April through July, 1967, on temporary assignment from the Strategic Air Command 4433rd Bomb Wing at Anderson Air Force Base, Guam.) The B-52s are under the command of the SAC 3rd Air Division. The aircraft land with wing flaps down and deploy drag chutes to slow their ground rolls.Officers of the 4258th Strategic Wing,and Royal Thai Air Force greet the arriving aircrews. The event is recorded by photographers, along with newsmen from Japan, Thailand, United States and Philippines.
A board reads "WELCOME TO U-TAPAO AIRFIELD" at U-Tapao Air Force Base in Thailand. Also written in Thai. Scene of the sky. A board reads "WELCOME TO U-TAPAO RTNB DET6 6TH AERIAL PORT SQUADRON PASSENGER TERMINAL". C-5A approach and landing. A man shows a paper .
View from a cab of moving Thai truck as it carries crated bombs from ship to U-Tapao Royal Thai Air Force Base. Close view of Thai driver driving the truck. Crated Mk 82 bombs can be seen on truck. Moving Thai truck on road.
Two American airman standing alongside stacks of bombs in U.S. ammunition storage area at U-Tapao Royal Thai Navy AirfieldThailand. One gives hand signals to fork operator to come forward. The airmen roll three bombs onto the Forklift blades, from an open wooden crate. After the forklift leaves, the airmen lift away the empty crate, and expose three more bombs ready to be picked up. The forklift returns and they roll three more bombs onto its blades. The airmen then pick up the empty bomb cradle and wooden skid underneath it, and carry them away. Sign over a building at base entry point reads "U-Tapao 635 MMS Munitions Storage Area". A couple of Air Force vehicles near the gate.
Munitions operations at U-Tapao Royal Thai Air Force Base in Thailand. View at assembly area where trailer-trucks loaded with Mk 82 bombs stop. Airmen and Thai personnel loosening nose and tail plates on bombs and installing boosters in bomb noses. Close view of Thai personnel working on bombs.