U.S. 3rd Air Division sends a message and it is executed for a combat mission in South Vietnam.
Guam Mariana Islands Date:1967 Duration:5 min 35 sec Sound:Yes
Highly effective combat missions of the U.S. Strategic Air Command in Vietnam. A message from U.S. 3rd Air Division is sent. A flash message is received. The on duty operations officer passes on the message to his staff where it goes through operation, operation planning, maintenance, ordinance and armament. The electronic technicians prepare an aircraft for the mission as soon as they receive the message. A technician fixes bombs. The aircrew is seated on chairs and are briefed about the mission. They are briefed about escape and evasion procedures and emergency procedures. The navigators synchronize their watches. The aircrew in a van. The air commander checks the status of the aircraft with his crew chief. The aircrew get off the van to board the aircraft. The aircraft is inspected by the crew. Two crew members at the controls. They check bombing system and the instruments. The aircraft commender and the pilot check their list and prepare for a take off. The controller at the command post receives an execution order from the 3rd Air Command post through a telephone. He then executes and releases the message to the aircraft commander through a radio. The engine starts. The B-52 takes off and the mission is launched. The pilot is wearing a helmet and an oxygen mask. A radar observer checks his instruments. As they approach the target the aircraft control is placed on second station. The bombs are dropped on the target. The B-52 taxis on a runway after the 5 hours mission. They are recycled for the next strike.
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