USAF and VNAF A-1 Skyraider Units of the Vietnam War

USAF and VNAF A-1 Skyraider Units of the Vietnam War

Combat Aircraft 97
  • Author: Byron E Hukee
  • Illustrator: Jim Laurier
  • Short code: COM 97
  • Publication Date: 20 Feb 2013
  • Number of Pages: 96
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USAF Skyraider units were originally tasked to serve as quasi-training units for the fledgling VNAF. Equipped only with the two-seat models of the Skyraider, American pilots were required to have VNAF ‘observers' in the aircraft for every mission. Eventually, this arrangement was changed as enough Vietnamese pilots were trained to man their own squadrons, while USAF squadrons were tasked with close support for US ground forces. Eventually, no fewer than four USAF and seven VNAF Skyraider units saw service in Vietnam. Additionally, one A-1 training squadron flew from Hurlburt Field, Florida, throughout the Vietnam War era. In the ten years that this squadron was active, nearly 1000 USAF and 300 VNAF pilots were trained in the Skyraider. While the core mission of all Skyraider squadrons was Close Air Support (CAS), other missions were accomplished at various times. Among these were Search and Rescue (SAR), night interdiction on the Ho Chi Minh trail, helicopter escort and special forces support to name but a few. Each of these missions took full advantage of the Skyraider's ability to deliver a variety of munitions in close proximity to friendly forces while inflicting heavy casualties on enemy forces

Biographical Note

Byron E Hukee is a retired USAF fighter pilot who flew not only the A-1 Skyraider but also the F-100, A-7D, F-5, and F-16. His ‘virtual' book, the A-1 Combat Journal, on that website chronicles his one year tour flying the Skyraider in combat with the 1st Special Operations Squadron (SOS) ‘Hobos'. This work contains details and introspective insights of each of his 138 combat sorties flown during that year. He has also written an article about a particularly interesting double search and rescue mission entitled Down There Amongst Them that first appeared in the October 2010 issue of Flight Journal Magazine.Jim Laurier is a native of New England, growing up in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. He has been drawing since he could hold a pencil and throughout his life he has worked in many mediums creating artwork on a variety of subjects. He has worked on the Osprey Aviation list since 2000 and in that time he has produced some of the finest artwork seen in these volumes.

Contents

Introduction
Skyraider and its ordnance
Original Skyraider units
Follow-on Skyraider units
Final Skyraider units
Appendices

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