US Navy and Marine Corps A-4 Skyhawk Units of the Vietnam War 1963–1973

US Navy and Marine Corps A-4 Skyhawk Units of the Vietnam War 1963–1973 cover

US Navy and Marine Corps A-4 Skyhawk Units of the Vietnam War 1963–1973

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The Skyhawk was involved in Vietnam from the very beginning, including the first offensive operations in 1963 into Laos, and the Pierce Arrow operations immediately following the Tonkin Gulf Incident of August 1964. Navy and Marine Corps A-4s quickly established a presence in south-east Asia participating in thousands of sorties against the entrenched communist forces in the South and the heavily defended targets in North Vietnam. A-4 pilots also struck targets along the infamous Ho Chi Minh Trail, working with ground-based and airborne forward air controllers to interdict the flood of supplies to communist forces in the south. This book will include many first-hand accounts from the pilots who flew one of the greatest attack aircraft ever built and will provide an insightful account of some of the most thrilling aerial combats that took place during Vietnam.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Heinemann's Scooter: A brief resume of the A-4's design/Chapter 2 Patrolling the Gulf: Increased American presence in Southeast Asia/Chapter 3 PTs Attack and the War Builds/Chapter 4 1966-1968: the sustained bombing campaign of North Vietnam/Chapter 5 Leatherneck Skyhawks: The Marine A-4 units/Chapter 6 Lam Son 719: Into Laos and Cambodia/Chapter 7 The North Invades the South

Product details

Published 10 May 2007
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 112
ISBN 9781846031816
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 72 b/w; 36 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Combat Aircraft
Short code COM 69
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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