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Old 8 February 2018, 19:25
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Thumbs up A-1 had the highest loss rate of any fixed-wing aircraft in Nam - even higher than t

I was going back and cleaning out my e-mail in box, and came across this again. I recently read that the A-1 had the highest loss rate of any fixed-wing aircraft in Nam - even higher than the F-105 "Thud" . Talk about flying low and slow!

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Old 8 February 2018, 20:35
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Good song and awesome footage.
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Old 8 February 2018, 20:38
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I read My Secret War as a kid and loved them since.

I didn't realize how truly big they are till I stood next to one in a hanger in Houston.

if they spun them back up I'd happily go play contractor driving one.
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Old 9 February 2018, 07:25
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My uncle was a Spad guy. with the 56th SOW in Vietnam.

check out http://www.skyraider.org/
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Old 12 February 2018, 21:09
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The A-1 could carry the same payload as the B-17 and only had one engine. Have always liked that aircraft and even got to see one do a simulated ground attack mission at an airshow years ago. The pyrotechnics were excellent.
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That was cool. "Our screws beat a blow job any day." LOL
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We have one located at an Air Museum nearby and they fly it with a simulated war load during the summers.

https://imgur.com/nmTr0DB

It's really something to watch her roll in on a run.
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Old 6 March 2018, 12:41
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We have one located at an Air Museum nearby and they fly it with a simulated war load during the summers.
Beautiful shot.

What are the white things on the outboard hardpoints?
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Old 6 March 2018, 12:56
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What are the white things on the outboard hardpoints?
SUU 14/A cluster munition (CBU-25) dispenser.
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Old 6 March 2018, 13:00
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They're SUU-14A/A sub munition dispensers. Kinda like early cluster bombs, except that they'd eject the clusters out the back rather than drop the entire unit.

https://rogueadventurer.com/2012/02/...ns-in-vietnam/
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Old 6 March 2018, 17:31
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Nifty. Thanks, guys.
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Old 6 March 2018, 18:45
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SUU 14/A cluster munition (CBU-25) dispenser.
For the super nerdy, ctrl-F search for "gravel". Same dispenser.

https://mxdoc.com/the-a-1-skyraider-...t-war1949.html

Great airplane, great mission.
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Old 6 March 2018, 18:49
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There were a lot of amazing deeds done in that air frame. My favorite is still the toilet bomb.
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Old 6 March 2018, 22:05
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We (EOD) had an A1E make an emergency landing at the An Khe (northern Vietnam) strip in 1969, with a 500 pound napalm hung up on his wing. He couldn't takeoff on the very short runway because of the unbalance, so we take it off and he's on his merry way. To dispose of 500 pounds of Napalm, we stick it in a pit. open it up and light it. Black smoke could be seen for miles and the fire truck that showed up just laughed. We had a fire that burned, strong over two days.
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