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Published on Mar 23, 2009
In this amazing documentary, you see WHAT RIGHT LOOKS like when the SMART USAF officer is forced to adapt; paratroops and supplies are dropped to maneuver ground forces and assist civilian under attack by the VC/NVA.
The amazing AC-47 "Puff the Magic Dragon" gunship with banks of 7.62mm mini-guns is introduced here; ironically today, the USAF is returning to the smaller, twin-engined AC-27J Spartan as a gunship so these firepower/surveillance means can operate from short (under 2, 000 feet) runways that the larger AC-130 Spectre-type gunships cannot use.
Airborne Forward Air Controllers (AFACs) in observation/attack planes can TALK by radio ("Talk-ons") to both ground units and fighter-bombers and attack aircraft to with PRECISION bring fires to bear on verified enemies—not on civilians who if harmed would go over to the rebel VC/NVAs side. Unmanned Air Vehicles CANNOT DO FORWARD AIR CONTROLLING—only HUMAN BEINGS in aircraft overhead can investigate and verify signs of the enemy to effect 24/7/365 precision close air support (CAS). This is yet another reminder that we need MANNED STOL grasshopper observation/attack aircraft today: