During the height of the Operation Rolling Thunder, North Vietnamese began to be ‘creative’ about the placement of their surface-to-air missile batteries. Sometimes they would put them near civilian objects in order to deter an air attack. One such location was discovered in July 1967. A whole SA-2 battery was placed on a football (soccer) stadium near Hanoi. An alpha strike was launched by USS Constellation which included A-4 Skyhawks, F-4 Phantoms and A-6 Intruders.
DCS World doesn’t have the real Vietnam map or many period assets. However, with the help of several mods, including recently released SAM Sites Assets Pack, we can approximate the experience.
Edward J. Marolda and Sandra J. Doyle – Naval Air War, The Rolling Thunder Campaign
Peter Mersky – US Navy and Marine Corps A-4 Skyhawk Units of the Vietnam War 1963–1973
Peter E Davies – Osprey Duel 104 – A-4 Skyhawk vs North Vietnamese AAA
Richard P Hallion – Osprey Air Campaign 03 – Rolling Thunder 1965–68 Johnsons air war over Vietnam
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Music – Dan Lebowitz – Lone Wolf
0:00 Cinematic Intro
2:07 Narrative intro
4:55 Main Attack
11:39 Post battle analysis and final words
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