During February, 1968, U. S. and South vietnamese ground forces at the Marine encampment at?
Welcome to Khe Sanh sign
Air control tower at Khe Sanh
U. S. Air Force C-130 taking off
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Background: During February, 1968, U. S. and South vietnamese ground forces at the Marine encampment at Khe Sanh, South Vietnam, continued to receive air support from the U. S. Air Force and U. S. Marine Corps.
This small control tower, located near the single 4,000 foot runway, controls incoming cargo aircraft and fighter-bomber strikes.
As this U. S. Air Force C-130 "Hercules" takes off, the radar antenna on the ground sweeps the air space around the airstrip checking for aircraft traffic which might interfere with the flight plan of the outbound transport.
A U. S. Marine Corps "Hercules" lands on the airfield and a jeep-mounted "Leatherneck" observes the activity.
U. S. Marine Corps F-4 "Phantum" jet fighters conduct air strike close to the camp's perimeter, even as supplies are rapidly off-loaded from U. S. Air Force transports on the landing strip.
The close-in strikes harass enemy forces threatening the camp's perimeter and the airborne supplies keep the "Leathernecks" resupplied.