Bienhoa, the big South Vietnamese Air Force base just to the north of Saigon, has become increasingly busy since the North Vietnamese invasion began three weeks ago.
Helicopters armed with rockets, T-28's being armed with bombs and taking off, T-28 airstrike seen from ground, F-5's being armed with cannon shells and rockets and taxiing, aerial shots F-5's, air to air shots of strike around An Loc in progress and aircraft returning.
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Background: Bienhoa, the big South Vietnamese Air Force base just to the north of Saigon, has become increasingly busy since the North Vietnamese invasion began three weeks ago.
Helicopter gunships and fighter-bombers have been flying out from hero on missions aimed at relieving the besieged town on An Loc. The South Vietnamese are still using propeller-driven T-28's for bombing assaults. There have been no signs of anti-aircraft guns around An Loc, and the T-28's -- although slow -- have proved invaluable.
The South Vietnamese are also using Freedom Fighter F-5's for their An Loc airstrikes. They are among the fastest aircraft operating in Indochina at the moment, capable of carrying rockets, bombs and cannons.
F-5's flew to An Loc on Monday (17 April) for strikes aimed at breaking communist lines around the town. There was no anti-aircraft fire and the South Vietnamese lost no aircraft. The Saigon military command issued no official statement on the results of Monday's mission, but Biennoa pilots claim to have killed a number of communist troops and to have destroyed two tanks during the strike.