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Operation Rolling Thunder (March 1965 - Nov 1968)

Operation Rolling Thunder (March 1965 - Nov 1968)

The Vietnam War occurred in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia from 1959 to April 30th, 1975. The war was fought between the communist North Vietnam, supported by its communist allies, and the government of South Vietnam, supported by the United States and other member nations of the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO).

The Vietcong, the lightly armed South Vietnamese communist insurgency, largely fought a guerrilla war against anti-communist forces in the region. The North Vietnamese Army engaged in a more conventional war, at times committing large-sized units into battle. U.S. and South Vietnamese forces relied on air superiority and overwhelming firepower to conduct search-and-destroy operations, involving ground forces, artillery and air strikes.

The United States entered the war to prevent a communist takeover of South Vietnam as part of their wider strategy of containment. Military advisors arrived beginning in 1950. U.S. involvement escalated in the early 1960s, with U.S. troop levels tripling in 1961 and tripling again in 1962. U.S. combat units were deployed beginning in 1965. Operations spanned borders, with Laos and Cambodia heavily bombed. Involvement peaked in 1968 at the time of the Tet Offensive. After this, U.S. ground forces were withdrawn as part of a policy called Vietnamization. Despite the Paris Peace Accords, signed by all parties in January 1973, fighting continued.

The Case-Church Amendment passed by the U.S. Congress prohibited use of American military after August 15th, 1973, unless the president secured congressional approval in advance.The capture of Saigon by the North Vietnamese army in April 1975 marked the end of the Vietnam War. North and South Vietnam were reunified the following year.

The war exacted a huge human cost in terms of fatalities (See: Vietnam War casualties), including 3 to 4 million Vietnamese from both sides, 1.5 to 2 million Laotians and Cambodians, and 58,159 U.S. soldiers. By this war's end, the Vietnamese had been fighting foreign involvement or occupation in various wars for over a hundred years.

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USAF McDonnell F-4C Phantom II Fighter-Bomber - 389th Tactical Fighter Squadron Gunfighters, 366th Tactical Fighter Wing, Da Nang AB, Vietnam, 1967 USAF McDonnell F-4C Phantom II Fighter-Bomber - 389th Tactical Fighter Squadron "Gunfighters", 366th Tactical Fighter Wing, Da Nang AB, Vietnam, 1967 (1:72 Scale) Currently Unavailable
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US Navy Vought F-8E Crusader Fighter - AH200, VF-162 Hunters, USS Oriskany (CV-34), Vietnam, 1966 [In-Flight Version] US Navy Vought F-8E Crusader Fighter - AH200, VF-162 "Hunters", USS Oriskany (CV-34), Vietnam, 1966 [In-Flight Version] (1:72 Scale) Currently Unavailable
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USMC McDonnell Douglas A-4E Skyhawk Attack Aircraft - VMA-121, Green Knights, Chu Lai, Vietnam, 1960s USMC McDonnell Douglas A-4E Skyhawk Attack Aircraft - VMA-121, "Green Knights," Chu Lai, Vietnam, 1960s (1:72 Scale) Currently Unavailable
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North Vietnamese Air Force Shenyang J-5 (MiG 17F) "Fresco C" Fighter - 923 IAP "Yen The", May 1967 North Vietnamese Air Force Shenyang J-5 (MiG 17F) "Fresco C" Fighter - 923 IAP "Yen The", May 1967 (1:72 Scale) Currently Unavailable
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Soviet Mikoyan Gurevich MiG 17 "Fresco A" Fighter - "Blue 88," Invasion of Czechoslovakia, August 1968 Soviet Mikoyan Gurevich MiG 17 "Fresco A" Fighter - "Blue 88," Invasion of Czechoslovakia, August 1968 (1:72 Scale) Currently Unavailable
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USAF North American F-100D Super Sabre Fighter - Major Don Schmenk, 308th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 31st Tactical Fighter Wing, Tuy Hoa Air Base, Vietnam, 1969 USAF North American F-100D Super Sabre Fighter - Major Don Schmenk, 308th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 31st Tactical Fighter Wing, Tuy Hoa Air Base, Vietnam, 1969 (1:72 Scale) Currently Unavailable
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USAF North American F-100D Super Sabre Fighter - Thors Hammer, 31st Tactical Fighter Wing, Tuy Hoa AB, Vietnam, 1970 USAF North American F-100D Super Sabre Fighter - "Thor's Hammer," 31st Tactical Fighter Wing, Tuy Hoa AB, Vietnam, 1970 (1:72 Scale) Currently Unavailable
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USAF North American F-100D-25NA Super Sabre Fighter - (55-3616), 188th Tactical Fighter Group, Arkansas Air National Guard USAF North American F-100D-25NA Super Sabre Fighter - (55-3616), 188th Tactical Fighter Group, Arkansas Air National Guard (1:72 Scale) Currently Unavailable
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USAF North American F-100D Super Sabre Fighter - Butcher Boy II, 510th Fighter Squadron, 405th Fighter Wing, Takhli Royal Thai Air Force Base, 1962 USAF North American F-100D Super Sabre Fighter - "Butcher Boy II," 510th Fighter Squadron, 405th Fighter Wing, Takhli Royal Thai Air Force Base, 1962 (1:72 Scale) Currently Unavailable
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USAF North American F-100C Super Sabre Fighter - 54-1800, 333 Fighter Day Sqn., 4th FDW, Seymour Johnson AFB, 1958 Gunnery Meet USAF North American F-100C Super Sabre Fighter - 333 Fighter Day Squadron, 4th Fighter Day Wing, Seymour Johnson AFB, 1958 "Gunnery Meet" (1:72 Scale) Currently Unavailable
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USAF North American F-100C Super Sabre Fighter - SK-737 "Miss Mynookie", 188th Tactical Fighter Squadron "The Tacos" New Mexico ANG, Tuy Hoa AB, South Vietnam, 1968 USAF North American F-100C Super Sabre Fighter - SK-737 "Miss Mynookie", 188th Tactical Fighter Squadron "The Tacos" New Mexico ANG, Tuy Hoa AB, South Vietnam, 1968 (1:72 Scale) Currently Unavailable
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USAF North American F-100D Super Sabre Fighter - 120th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Colorado Air National Guard, 35th Tactical Fighter Wing, Phan Rang AB, 1968 USAF North American F-100D Super Sabre Fighter - 120th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Colorado Air National Guard, 35th Tactical Fighter Wing, Phan Rang AB, 1968 (1:72 Scale) Currently Unavailable
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USAF North American F-100D Super Sabre Fighter - 1st Lt. Joe H. Engle, 474th Day Fighter Squadron, 31st Tactical Fighter Wing, George AFB, August 1958 USAF North American F-100D Super Sabre Fighter - 1st Lt. Joe H. Engle, 474th Day Fighter Squadron, 31st Tactical Fighter Wing, George AFB, August 1958 (1:72 Scale) Currently Unavailable
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USAF North American F-100D Super Sabre Fighter - 182nd Tactical Fighter Squadron "Lonestar Gunfighters", Texas Air National Guard USAF North American F-100D Super Sabre Fighter - 182nd Tactical Fighter Squadron "Lonestar Gunfighters", Texas Air National Guard (1:72 Scale) Currently Unavailable
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USAF North American F-100D Super Sabre Fighter - 416th Tactical Fighter Squadron "Ghost Riders", 3rd Tactical Fighter Wing, Da Nang AB, South Vietnam, 1965 USAF North American F-100D Super Sabre Fighter - 416th Tactical Fighter Squadron "Ghost Riders", 3rd Tactical Fighter Wing, Da Nang AB, South Vietnam, 1965 (1:72 Scale) Currently Unavailable
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USAF North American F-100D Super Sabre Fighter - "Pretty Penny", 481st Tactical Fighter Squadron "Green Knights", Ta Son Nhut AB, Thailand, 1960s USAF North American F-100D Super Sabre Fighter - "Pretty Penny" 481st Tactical Fighter Squadron "Green Knights", Ta Son Nhut AB, Thailand, 1960s (1:72 Scale) Currently Unavailable
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USAF Lockheed F-104C Starfighter Interceptor - Pussy Cat, 435th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Lt. Joe Nevers, Squadron Commander, Udon AFB, Thailand, 1965 USAF Lockheed F-104C Starfighter Interceptor - "Pussy Cat", 435th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Lt. Joe Nevers, Squadron Commander, Udon AFB, Thailand, 1965 (1:72 Scale) Currently Unavailable
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USAF McDonnell F-4C Phantom II Fighter-Bomber - Robin Olds, SCAT XXVII, 555th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 8th Tactical Fighter Wing, Ubon RTAB, Thailand, 1967 USAF McDonnell F-4C Phantom II Fighter-Bomber - Robin Olds, "SCAT XXVII", 555th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 8th Tactical Fighter Wing, Ubon RTAB, Thailand, 1967 (1:72 Scale) Currently Unavailable
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USAF McDonnell F-4C Phantom II Fighter-Bomber - "64-0693" FJ-693, 45th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 8th Tactical Fighter Wing, Ubon, Thailand, July 1965 USAF McDonnell F-4C Phantom II Fighter-Bomber - "64-0693" FJ-693, 45th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 8th Tactical Fighter Wing, Ubon, Thailand, July 1965 (1:72 Scale) Currently Unavailable
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USAF McDonnell F-4E Phantom II Fighter-Bomber - 3rd Tactical Fighter Squadron "Peugeots", Clark Air Base, Philippines, 1988 [Low-Vis Scheme] USAF McDonnell F-4E Phantom II Fighter-Bomber - 3rd Tactical Fighter Squadron "Peugeots", Clark Air Base, Philippines, 1988 [Low-Vis Scheme] (1:72 Scale) Currently Unavailable
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USAF Lockheed F-104C Starfighter Interceptor - "Snoopy Sniper," 435th Tactical Fighter Squadron "Deadly Black Eagles", 8th Tactical Fighter Wing, Udorn RTAFB, 1967-68 USAF Lockheed F-104C Starfighter Interceptor - "Snoopy Sniper," 435th Tactical Fighter Squadron "Deadly Black Eagles", 8th Tactical Fighter Wing, Udorn RTAFB, 1967-68 (1:72 Scale) Currently Unavailable
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US Air Force Douglas B-26K Counter Invader Attack Aircraft - 609th Special Operations Squadron "Nimrods", 56th Special Operations Wing, Nakhom Phanom, Thailand, 1969 US Air Force Douglas B-26K Counter Invader Attack Aircraft - 609th Special Operations Squadron "Nimrods", 56th Special Operations Wing, Nakhom Phanom, Thailand, 1969 (1:72 Scale) Currently Unavailable
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USAF McDonnell F-4E Phantom II Fighter-Bomber - 469th Tactical Fighter Squadron "The Brave Bulls", 388th Tactical Fighter Wing, Korat RTAFB, Thailand, 1960s USAF McDonnell F-4E Phantom II Fighter-Bomber - 469th Tactical Fighter Squadron "The Brave Bulls", 388th Tactical Fighter Wing, Korat RTAFB, Thailand, 1960s (1:72 Scale) Currently Unavailable
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US Navy McDonnell F-4J Phantom II Fighter-Bomber - 158378, VF-21 "Freelancers", 1974 US Navy McDonnell F-4J Phantom II Fighter-Bomber - 158378, VF-21 "Freelancers", 1974 (1:72 Scale) Currently Unavailable
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USMC McDonnell F-4J Phantom II Fighter-Bomber - VMFA-212 "Lancers", 1970s USMC McDonnell F-4J Phantom II Fighter-Bomber - VMFA-212 "Lancers", 1970s (1:72 Scale) Currently Unavailable
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USMC McDonnell F-4N Phantom II Fighter-Bomber - 15323, VMFA-531 "Grey Ghosts", USS Coral Sea (CV-43), 1965 USMC McDonnell F-4N Phantom II Fighter-Bomber - 15323, VMFA-531 "Grey Ghosts", USS Coral Sea (CV-43), 1965 (1:72 Scale) Currently Unavailable
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