Tactical Airlift in Southeast Asia

by Harry Heist

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  • Was there any Air Force operations in Southeast Asia after 1975?

  • Can anyone tell me best place to go to find out the flight i was on during a tactical airlift in south vietnam may 30th 1972. 834 was the main airlift providor during the timeline.

  • kenneth snyder

    I was with the 3rd FSR, Okinawa, and left Kadena on a C-130 taking two 5 ton trucks to Da Nang and turned them over to VNMC. We went in under rocket fire but made it thru. Soon as I unloaded the trucks they took off before they got hit. There is no record of rocket attack but I know it’s real. We landed 30 May 1972 at 0330 a.m. If any one knows about this flight email me please.

  • A friend was stationed at Dover AFB from 1970 to 1973. He was a loadmaster on a C-141. Although he mainly flew to Europe and the Middle East, in 1971 he flew several missions to Vietnam. I would like to find some information about those flights to Vietnam in 1971, if possible. Unfortunately, he does not recall his unit. It appears to me that the 20th and 326th Military Airlift Squadrons operated C-141s. Any help would be appreciated.

  • My Grandfather, before he passed, said he wrote and published a tactical airlift combat operations manual between 1957-1968. I am trying to find out more about this. Anyone have any information? His name is Robert S. Collins.

  • Clarence Saner

    I was stationed in Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, in 1969 and I can’t remember the squadron I was attached to. Any information would be appreciated.

    • 14th Aerial Port was at Cam Ranh Bay, and that’s the only squadron I remember there. We flew in and out of there many times in 66-67. My only impressions of Cam Ranh were that it was a pretty big and very busy base, with no town outside the gates for a guy to go have a beer. Must have been kind of a bitch to have been stuck there for a year!!!

  • I am looking to locate an old friend colonel Ted Ireland who was stationed in Vung Tau Vietnam 1966 1967 he was with the USA air force

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