A new, Cessna production model tandem engine, twin-boom airplane is working well for Forward Air Controllers over Vietnam.
A new, Cessna production model tandem engine, twin-boom airplane is working well for Forward Air Controllers over Vietnam. Air Force pilots of the 20th Tactical Air Support Squadron, out of DaNang Air Base, are now flying daily missions over North Vietnam in the new airplane, known as the O-2A Super Skymaster. Operating in the DMZ area and over South Vietnam, the Forward Air Controllers have a dual mission. That mission includes both planned strikes and targets of opportunity. Forward Air Controllers are the "eyes" for the men who man many kinds of ordnance, from calling in aerial bombardment on a target they have found and marked with smoke bombs to spotting for the big naval guns of the Seventh Fleet out in the South China Sea. Targets of opportunity include trucks, troops, enemy positions or storage areas the pilots happen to spot and for which they are equipped to hit. Although the O-2A is relatively new airplane in the Vietnam war, the enemy has already become unhappily aware if its presence.