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Each of these tanks held 155 gallons of fuel, which more than made up for the Seven A-1 Es from the 1st FS(C) on the ramp at Qui Nhon in early 1965. Air Force A-1 Es differed from Navy aircraft in having dual flight controls and Air Force radios and navigational equipment. Detachments of A-1 Es operated from Forward Operating Locations, or FOLs, during the early months of involvement. 1st FS(C) aircraft carried large single digit numbers on their engine cowls as a squadron identifier. s. WARBIRDTECH The multi-place AD-5 could be equipped with a variety of rear compartment kits, including a pair of four-seat conversions, an ambulance kit, and cargo hauling equipment that included an on-board hoist system.

The metal tabs above the exhausts shielded the pilot's eyes during night flights. WARBIRDTECH.. 1 This VA-176 A-1 H (737543) was flown by Lieutenant (Junior Grade) W. Thomas Patton when he shot down a North Vietnamese MiG-17 on November 1, 1966. The aircraft is shown at NAS Quonset Point in August 1968 as VA-176 was beginning the transition into the A-7 Corsair II. (Jim Sullivan Collection) The last combat launch by a VA-115 Arabs A-1 H from the deck of USS Kitty Hawk was commemorated by the crews, who added graffiti markings to the aircraft fuselage.

In the Gulf of Tonkin, as many as three attack carriers were on Yankee Station. The flight crews on Yankee Station flew missions into North Vietnam and Laos. A Pair of VA-215 A-1 Hs form up off the wingtip of an Air Force HU-16 Albatross flying boat during a Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) mission into the Gulf of Tonkin in 1966. Navy A-1 s were the primary CSAR support aircraft for water rescues and rescue missions in eastern and southern North Vietnam. (Tom Hansen) . On Aug ust 5, 1964, A-1 Hs from VA-52 aboard USS Ticonderoga, supported by A-1 s from VA-145 aboard USS Constellation, attacked the North Vietnamese torpedo boat bases as part of Operation Rolling Thunder.

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