||'Secret Air Force' T-28's on Flight line at "Project Water Pump", where their flight Call Sign was "Tiger", but others occasionally also used ; such as "Zorro" (normally assigned to NKP), "Victor" (assigned to Wattay birds), etc.
NOTE : WW-II Japanese Tower in background (left) beside water tank tower (right).
|C-46 parked in front of Air America Headquarters for all South Asian / Pacific operations|
Udorn Air Base
Love that sound !
NOTE : T-28's were the first American built Counterinsurgency fighter used during the Vietnam War.
||Wattay International Airport|
Vientiane -(Capital of)- Laos, 1967
NOTE : Soviet aircraft, lower left of photo. Soviets aided 1960 coup d'�tat invasion of Vientiane, flying in
Kong Le guerrilla forces.
NOTE : Soviets also flew covert missions from Wattay, dropping guns to Pathet Lao, while our side also flew from Wattay, dropping 'materials' to their Meo (Hmong) victims.
NOTE : Air America in old Civil Air Transport hangar on left, 'B.I. Bird & Sons Co">' hanger outside of view lower left
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(Site Code : L-32)
|Royal Lao Air Force 'designated' T-28's parked at Wattay Air Field, Laos in 1967|
NOTE : Tail #'s : 0-17597 0-13531 0-13518 0-38728 0-27817
Detachable national ID placard on side of aircraft & 'NO' RLAF tail logo :-)
NOTE : Royal Lao Air Force T-28 # 0-00306 following Pathet Lao 1966 sapper attack at Louang Phabang
(Site Code : L-54)
NOTE : RLAF tail logo
|50 caliber BMG, 500 lb "Daisy Cutter" bomb & two 250 lb. bombs.NOTE : Our "Daisy Cutter" Bombs were an invention of an ingenious A.A. employee who grasp the idea during a night of drinking. A day or so later his drinking buddy, RLAF Airman at L.P., gathered the needed materials for the R & D prototype and started welding used aircraft gun barrels directly into the nose fuse cavity of bombs !
NOTE : "Daisy Cutter" bombs explode 'above' ground level to instantly clear an emergency helicopter landing site from dense jungle, or hurriedly eliminate enemy troop concentrations,....hence the nickname.
NOTE : Used Gun Barrels were in short supply, so Water Pipe was 'rounded up' from more modern locations and provided. The welded pipe versions had several adverse effects, such as vibration, pipe weld separation / breakage while in flight and wind drag due to the barrels not being capable of being aligned perfectly, so that phase of development eventually gave way to threaded steel water pipes screwed into the nose cavity of the bombs, leaving only the tail fuse for detonation. This threaded version (see photo) resulted in happier co-workers who were less concerned about meeting their God when the Welder arrived at work.
NOTE : The bombs in 1967 sometimes required lug repositioning etc as they were often from 'old stocks' manufactured during the 1950's Korean War or 1940's World War Two, as were some fuses, and some of those antique bombs simply did not explode with only one fuse installed for "Daisy Cutters" instead of the two normally used.
NOTE : The Air Force liked the "Daisy Cutter" idea and in 1968 came out with the Air Force version, called a "Fuse Extension", which provided the benefits of the nose 'pipe extension effect', allowing the bomb blew up above the ground / mud level, but the USAF version also incorporated a means to screw in a nose fuse, so the dual fused USAF version being mounted on NEW bombs afforded far less potential of any possible detonation failures.
||Air America Hqts|
NOTE : Secret EB-26 Electronic Warfare aircraft parked in front of Air America's Maintenance Hangers at
Udorn in 1967, known as one of "The Company Planes".
||"G'Morning, Charlie !"|