Despite the ceasefire, the Vietnam Air Force is still operating sporadically against the Viet Cong.?
MV Traines pilots walk towards hanger
SV Trainer at pilots looking under aircraft for flight (2 shots)
SV instructor showing trainees an engine
MV Instructor showing ???inees aircraft ???
SV Traines pilots into aircraft and put on helmets (3 shots)
GV & SV Two F-5-A's out of hanger and taxi (3 shots)
LV Pan F-5A along runway for take off
Ground to Air shot Two F-5's overhead
GV Pa??? F-5 landing
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Background: Despite the ceasefire, the Vietnam Air Force is still operating sporadically against the Viet Cong. It seems likely to continue for some time to come.
With help from the United States, the VNAF is expanding. It hopes to be up to a strength of about, 1,700 aircraft and 65,000 staff in the near future. Flying mostly United States planes, the VNAF is organised into six Air Divisions. The strike force consist of F-5A's. A-37's, and A-1 Skyraiders.
Building up to this kind of strength has not been without its problems - the VNAF has had trouble with the maintenance of its aircraft, and civilian personnel have been hired to sort out the difficulties.
With a view to further air force combat, the VNAF continues to train new pilots - this time in the F-5A's at Bien Hea Airbase, near Saigon.
SYNOPSIS: Despite the ceasefire, the Vietnam Air Force is still operating spera??? ???cally against the Communist Viet Cong, and it seems likely that it will continue to do so for some time. Most American training personnel have pulled out of South Vietnam, but new pilots are still begin trained for combat - this time in American F-5A's.
The VNAF is expanding. It seen hopes to have a strength of about 1,700 aircraft, and a staff of 65,000 Flying meetly American planes, it's ??? ???asieed into six Air Divisions, and flies A-I Skyraiders and A-37's, as well as the F-5A's.
Building up to a solid air strength has not been without its problems - maintenance has been one of them, and civilians personnel have helped iron out the difficulties.
The VNAF also beasts three attack squadrons, and reconnaissance and transport units. There's also a large helicopter unit, with more than 500 machines - about one third of the Air Force's present total strength. It's expected that South Vietnam will be one of the first recipients of the F-5E Tiger next year. The new planes should provide South Vietnam with a strong air defence capability.
With the numbers of American military personnel dwindling in South Vietnam, and the recent cessation of bombing in the Khmer Republic, it seems that, in any future action, the VNAF will be on its own against any Communist attacks. But with the benefit of American help, it should be able to held its own.