During the Vietnam War, the defense of
Air Force bases mirrored the conflict itself: There was no rear echelon once
the entire country became a battlefield. Air Force bases relatively,
unaffected by ground forces in past wars, were no longer considered safe
havens. They, too, suffered from costly ground assaults and mortar shelling.
Within easy reach of North Vietnamese troops, Air Force bases in Vietnam and
Thailand were attacked 478 times from 1964 to 1973. One hundred and
fifty-five Americans were killed and 1,702 wounded, along with 375 allied
aircraft being destroyed and 1,203 damaged. In fact, more U.S. planes were
lost in ground action (101) than in dogfights with MIGs (62).
Bien Hoa Air Base, located 15 miles north of Saigon, was the first U.S. air
base in Vietnam to taste the damage a small, well-trained force can inflict.
A hit-and-run mortar attack destroyed five B-57 bombers and damaged 15
others. The Viet Cong, in less than five minutes, wiped out an entire
The attack hammered home a hard message. To fight in the air, the Air Force
had to be able to fight on the ground."
Above Published in AF Times
Tuy Hoa Air Base was one of several airbases built by the
"Red Horse" Civil Engineer Squadron. Located on the coast , 285 miles
northeast of Saigon. Under Project Turnkey" During the period of 1 August
through 30 November 1966, a C-130 TDY from the Alaskan Air Command transported
personnel and cargo. Aircraft landed on a 3500' runway at Tuy Hoa. Later, the
base would have two all weather runways capable of handling most aircraft used
in the war. The base flew C-130s and a variety of fighter aircraft. The first
fighter aircraft assigned was the F-100 Super Saber.
Tuy Hoa K9 Patch;
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Tuy Hoa Air Base
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