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Special Operations Mission from Nakhon Phanom RTAFB, Thailand
to Mu Gia Pass, Ho Chi Minh Trail, Laos.

Fall 1970

trail map
                                                                                           — Air Force Magazine On Line

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Tactical Units Operations Center, NKP, Thailand
my gear

My gear at TUOC
jolly green

Special Ops and SAR CH-3 Jolly Green
A-1 Skyraider escorts

Two variants of the A-1 Skyraider on the line;
will join up on mission.
lift off for Mu Gia
Lift off of (two of three) Jolly Greens on an Insert mission
near Mu Gia Pass, on the Ho Chi Minh Trail, Laos.
crossing teh Mekong
Leader (Capt. Will Waldo) "over the fence"= crossing
the Mekong. Flew the mission with a cocked nose wheel;
one of the two birds that should not have been permitted
to fly with a red tag like that. Had to anyway.

Jollys and escort

Capt. Will Waldo (with cocked nose wheel) and
Capt. Dave Schull (gear wired down: feared it
would not operate if retracted). 2 red-tagged Jollys:
best 3 of 13 Jollys on the line that day had to fly.
A-1 Skyraider escort in distance.

Schull gear down

Capt. Dave Schull's CH-3 with wired-down landing gear.

Schull's Jolly over Laotian karst on return trip.
vertical karst

Vertical karst on outbound for "Naked Phanny"
(NKP) Nakhon Phanom

Capt. Mike