Video of the day – Angel Flight

Angel Flights are the U.S. Air Force planes used to fly home our Fallen Heroes. Angel Flight is also their call sign.

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8 Responses to Video of the day – Angel Flight

  1. czarowniczy says:

    First thing that came to mind were the drug smuggling rings that were, during Vietnam, using KIA corpses to smuggle heroin into the US.

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  2. czarowniczy says:

    Aircraft delivering supplies to Khe Sahn, under fire, would pause as the loads were kicked off long enough for ground crews to shove as many bodies as they could into the hold. Planes were taking fire and the delay meant that they would be just a bit slower taking off, giving NVA gunners a slight edge. They could have just turned and burned but they put themselves in danger to get the dead out.

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    • Col.(R) Ken says:

      I remember the stories, and the finger pointing. Most of the blame was aimed at SF, Seals, Rangers…..it was wide spread.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Speaking of SF, the battle of Lang Vei is a lost item in Khe Sahn history. It was an SF outpost controlling a road near the Laotian/Vietnamese border and the NVA attacked it a few days after they started the attack on Khe Sahn.

        There were 24 SF, some 500 Montagnard and CIDG (roughly civilian militia) and350 Laotian soldiers at the camp. The Laotians had just been pushed out of Laos by the same NVA they were facing and the CIDG were basically just civilian militia that were an armed neighborhood watch.

        The NVA attack marked the first use of armored vehicles against US forces in Vietnam. Although they were not what we think of as ‘tanks’ per se in a modern sense , they were more of an armored reconnaissance vehicle, they carried a 76mm cannon and were armored. If you only have light defense weapons, they qualify as a tank.

        The defenders held on but eventually had to make a break for it, fighting their way through what amounted to at least 3 reinforced NVA infantry battalions and 2 NVA armored companies. They fought their way out and were rescued by a Marine patrol sent out from Khe Sahn.

        Three SF soldiers were captured by the NVA and marched up to Hanoi where they were held until released in 1973.

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  3. lovely says:

    Shayne Meder is retired Air Force.

    She now paints military flying machines to help build morale.

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  4. bjosz says:

    Very informative posts from y’all here! I appreciate it. Thanks, czar, Col. Ken and lovely! 🙂

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