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Fully illustrated with stunning full color artwork, this is the fascinating story of arguably the world's first "modern" air campaign.

Following the failure of Rolling Thunder US aircraft were now armed with new technologies such as new laser-guided bombs and electronic warfare capabilities. The Air Force now had the fearsome AC-130 gunship and a new generation of Wild Weasel anti-radar aircraft, and the US Navy aviators now had much better dogfighting training thanks to the new TOPGUN fighter school.

As the Paris peace talks floundered in early 1972 and the US began to disengage from Vietnam, it was clear that the North Vietnamese were conducting a major build up for an attack into South Vietnam. Screened by bad weather and heavy air defenses in the north, the attack advanced quickly but the US quickly pushed back with an air campaign named Operation Linebacker. Their objective: defeat the invasion, preserve the government of South Vietnam, and bring the North Vietnamese back to the Paris peace talks.

Table of Contents

Introduction /Chronology /Attackers' Capabilities /Defenders' Capabilities /Campaign Objectives /The Campaign /Analysis and Conclusion /Further Reading /Index

Product details

Published Jan 22 2019
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781472827531
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Dimensions 10 x 7 inches
Series Air Campaign
Short code ACM 8
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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