Among prime military targets for U.S. Air Force pilots are road and rail routes in?
Among prime military targets for U.S. Air Force pilots are road and rail routes in North Vietnam. North Vietnamese troops use these routes to bring supplies, weapons and ammunition to the South.
On this recent strike, these four Air Force F4C Phantoms bomb a road bridge about 120 miles northeast of Danang. Using general purpose bombs and 20mm cannon fire, the fighters make six passes over the target, damaging the bridge and destroying the approaches.
Because of flak over the prime targets in the North, Air Force pilots fly wildly erratic patterns during their strike runs to avoid ground fire. Pilots call this "Jinxing."
RF-101 reconnaissance pilots photographed this strike for bomb damage assessment. The reconnaissance aircraft also must employ "Jinxing" but during their photo runs they are required to fly as steady as possible, making their aircraft vulnerable to antiaircraft fire while the cameras are running
These strikes only supply routes in the North it costly for the North Vietnamese to move weapons and supplies in support of Viet Cong operations in the South.