• Short Summary

    Operating out of Phu Loi, South Vietnam, artillery forward air observers of the Army's 23rd Field Artillery Group fly daily "Bird Dog" missions over the western half of the III Corps area in Vietnam.

  • Description

    Operating out of Phu Loi, South Vietnam, artillery forward air observers of the Army's 23rd Field Artillery Group fly daily "Bird Dog" missions over the western half of the III Corps area in Vietnam.

    The observers for these missions are selected officers and senior sergeants. Each is given a briefing by the group intelligence officer prior to the day's mission. Areas where recent enemy activity has been reported are pointed out to the observer and pertinent friendly operation are noted by the intelligence officer.

    The observer then coordinates with the pilot of the 0-1 "Bird Dog" which will be used during the mission.

    The 0-1 is strictly an observation aircraft and was chosen as such because of its light weight and maneuverability.

    The observer flies for two hours each day over the same area which measures 40 by 10 kilometres. His area of responsibility is overlapped by that of other observers.

    Using a specially designed map, the observer can note each trail, row of trees, rice paddies or bunker. By covering the same area daily, the observer is sure to note any subtle change in terrain or any sign of an enemy build-up.

    If anything seems amiss, the "Bird Dog" drops down for contour flying and a closer look at a suspected area.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVACQS0WWR798YQDM6A39OFT4X18
    Media URN:
    VLVACQS0WWR798YQDM6A39OFT4X18
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/06/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:48:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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