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Modified C-135 aircraft of the Strategic Air Command (SAC) serve as "Combat Lightning" aircraft in Vietnam War

Opening scene shows two U.S. Air Force F-105 Thunderchief aircraft taking off in pre-dawn from Vietnam on a bombing mission, in 1966, during the Vietnam War. Next, the F-105s are seen diving and dropping bombs that explode into fire and smoke on the ground. Closeup of a Strategic Air Command (SAC) KC-135 aircraft in flight. It has been modified to serve as as a "Combat Lightning" aircraft that serves as a communication link between the Tactical Air Reporting Center at Monkey Mountain, near Danang, Vietnam and ground radar, airborne radar and any U.S. aircraft operating over North Vietnam. KC-135 "Combat Lightning" crew members are seated in a briefing room at the U-Tapao Royal Thai Navy Airfield, in Thailand. A briefing officer explains their mission, using charts and a map labeled SECRET Noforn (no foreign access) showing Vietnam and the Gulf of Tonkin. The briefer points to an area in the Gulf, and sketches a figure eight, showing where and how the KC-135 should maneuver in a holding pattern during its mission. Crew members rise and leave at the end of the briefing. View of a Strategic Air Command EC-135L that arrived on May 29, 1967, along with another, to support 24 hour "Combat Lightning" operations. Ground crewman directs the EC-135L as it taxis out and then takes off, past a C-130 aircraft holding short of the active runway. (Narrator notes that by the end of July, 1967, there were four "Combat Lightning" C-135 aircraft operating at U-Tapao airfield.) View from above of EC-135L aircraft in flight above clouds, en route to its assigned location over the Gulf of Tonkin. View of radio operator inside the aircraft, who is in radio contact with U-Tapao and the aircraft they are going to relieve. View of map showing their destination figure-eight holding pattern. Radio operator establishes the same contacts used by the aircraft they are relieving, to assure continuity of communications. Remainder of the film contains extended views of the radio operator at his station and of the EC-135 aircraft in flight. Near the end, the crew's Armaments and Electronics Technician is seen pulling a piece of malfunctioning electronic gear from a rack and replacing it with a spare, stored nearby.

Date: 1967
Duration: 5 min 49 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Color
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
First three B-52 aircraft of the U.S. Strategic Air Command 4433rd Bomb Wing land at U-Tapao Air Base in Thailand

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.

Date: 1967, April 10
Duration: 3 min 9 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Color
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Vietcong digging defensive trench in jungles of Vietnam during Vietnam War

Segment of movie showing activities of Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. It was captured by U.S. and South Vietnam forces during Operation Junction City, in 1967. It shows Viet Cong digging deep trench in the jungle, circa 1965.

Date: 1965
Duration: 25 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: Vietnamese
 
 
President Nguyen Van Thieu, and Premier Nguyen Cao Ky, of the Republic of Vietnam, decorate U.S. Air Force personnel during Vietnam War

An honor guard stands as the American flag is raised during a ceremony at Anderson Air Force Base, Guam, on March 21, 1967. Major General William Joseph Crumm, Commander, 3rd Air Division, Strategic Air Command is seen saluting together with President Nguyen Van Thieu, and Prime Minister, Nguyen Cao Ky, of Republic of Vietnam, who flank him. Civilian spectators also salute in the background. Glimpse of the Honor Guard, again, followed by view of Vietnamese President Thieu pinning the Vietnam Distinguished Service Order medal on the uniform of General Crumm. Sign identifies building in background as Headquarters, 3rd Air Division. Civilian spectators watch from sidelines. A breeze is blowing and some light rain falls. A number of American Air Force officers and airmen stand at parade rest. A large number of Vietnamese medals is seen on a board ready for presentation. Next, Prime Minister Ky (former Chief of the Vietnamese Air Force) is seen pinning Vietnamese medals on the uniforms of the American Air Force personnel.

Date: 1967, March 21
Duration: 1 min 17 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Color
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
U.S. President Lyndon Baines Johnson visits Anderson Air Force Base in Guam, during the Vietnam War.

President Lyndon B. Johnson arrives in a motorcade at Anderson Air Force Base, Guam, on March 20, 1967, during the Vietnam War. As a rain shower begins, a man, holding an umbrella, opens the door of the President's car, and Major General William Joseph Crumm, Commander of the 3rd Air Division, helps him step out. Closeup of some of the military families gathered to greet the President. Children hold small American flags. Next, the President is seen presenting Air Medals to 12 crew members of Strategic Air Command (SAC) B-52 bombers and KC-135 aerial refueling aircraft of the 3rd Air Division in the Western Pacific. View of friends and families and other spectators watching the proceedings. General Crumm is seen officially greeting President Johnson, and then presenting him with a plaque identifying him as a member of the "Top Three Club." The President makes a few remarks praising the Air medal recipients for their sacrifices and deeds in the air over Vietnam.

Date: 1967, March 20
Duration: 1 min 56 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Color
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
American troops preparing field positions during Operation Big Spring, in the Vietnam War

U.S. Soldiers of 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, use trenching tools to dig foxholes during Operation Big Spring,February 4, 1967,14 miles North of Chin Hoi, South Vietnam. One soldier takes time out to adjust his socks and boots. Another is seen speaking on a field telephone.

Date: 1967, February 4
Duration: 1 min 26 sec
Sound: No
Color: Color
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
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