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 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.
United States Air Force trailer-trucks with load of bombs stops at an assembly area in U-Tapao Royal Thai Air Force Base. Thai personnel and airmen standing near truck. MK82 bomb fins and fuses are installed on the bombs by Thai personnel and airmen. Truck moves out. Close view of MK82 bombs lying in trailer of the truck.
View at U-Tapao Royal Thai Air Force Base in Thailand. Boeing B-52D bombers taxiing towards active runway, before take off during Vietnam war.