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 .
U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Almond B Doud Jr. and crew being briefed by Major Ralph W Walker, Airlift Command Post duty officer, at U-Tapao Royal Thai Navy Airfield in Thailand.
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.
C-5A taxiing under direction of Thai worker at U-Tapao air base Thailand. C-5A first engine. Airmen roping off area around C-5A. Nozzle is connected to C-5A fueling receptacle. Fueling of C-5A from ramp reservoir.
U-Tapao Royal Thai Navy Airfield, Thailand. Lieutenant Colonel Joseph M Valenti, Commander of the 618th Military Airlift Support Squadron, is asked about U.S. Air Force Airlift operations. He is seated in an easy chair, with a photograph of a C-5 aircraft on the wall behind him. The Colonel speaks about the C-5 as part of the Air Force strategic airlift fleet comprising C-5s, C-141s and the CRAF (Civil Reserve Airlift Fleet). Asked about the impact of the C-5, he mentions the variety of military equipment it is capable of carrying worldwide. He mentions how C-5s and C-141 aircraft were able to move a complete U.S. Air Force Tactical Fighter Wing to Thailand in 9 days.He contrasts that to more than a month required for a similar move during the Korean war.