The first U. S. Air National Guard tactical fighter squadron to be deployed to Southeast?
Gate at Buckley Air National Guard Base, Colorado
Briefing of crew being conducted
Pilots go to aircraft
Pilot getting into aircraft and adjusting helmet
F-100s taking off from Buckley
Families and friends watching take-offs
F-100s refuelling in flight
Planes in flight
Sign of welcome at Phan Rang Air Base, Vietnam
General Momyer watching
Pilots greeted by General Momyer and Colonel Williams
Line of F-100s parked.
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Background: The first U. S. Air National Guard tactical fighter squadron to be deployed to Southeast Asia arrived at Phan Rang Air Base, South Vietnam May 2, 1968. The unit, the 120th Tactical Fighter Squadron, flew the F-100 "Supersabre" jets from their home station at Buckley Air National Guard Base, Denver, Colorado to Phan Rang accomplishing several in-flight re-fuelling hookups en route.
Before the unit departed Buckley, the crews were thoroughly briefed on the long overwater hop.
After saying goodbye to families and friends, the "Supersabre" pilots boarded their aircraft and took off for their Vietnam destination.
U. S. Air Force KC-135 aerial tankers provided in-flight re-fuelling support for the tactical fighters.
When the F-100s arrived at Phan Rang Air Base they were greeted by General William J. Momyer (Moe-mire) 7th U. S. Air Force Commander and highest ranking Air Force officer in Southeast Asia. Also on hand to meet the newcomers was Colonel Herdon F. Williams, commander of the 35th Tactical Fighter Wing.
The 120th is now operating with the 35th Tactical Fighter Wing to supply close air support for the Army of the Republic of Vietnam, U. S. and other Allied ground forces in South Vietnam.