NORTHERN Exposure

Bill Cahill profiles the vital work of photo-recce Phantoms in the high-threat skies of Vietnam

VIETNAM PHANTOM

A 432nd TRW RF-4 taking fuel from a KC-135 while elements of the strike force await their turn.
A J MERRICK VIA WARREN THOMPSON

As he stepped out of the airconditioned airliner, the all-encompassing heat hit him, quickly followed by an impression that everything was dirty. Udorn Royal Thai Air Force Base in northern Thailand in mid-July 1972 was about as far away from civilisation as the USAF fighter community got.

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