Vietnam War: USAF B-52 Sequence, U-Tapao AB, Thailand 250200-04 | Footage Farm



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[Vietnam War – Color, 1970 ca: USAF B-52 Sequence, U-Tapao AB, Thailand]
Camouflage painted B-52D taking off r. to l.
20:43:02 Base Sign (illegible): 4258TH STRAT WG w/ unit insignias in front of U-Tapao, Thailand AB building.
20:43:11 INT control tower w/ KC-135As landing / taking off past parked KC-135As in background.
20:43:45 Gen Bruce K. Holloway exiting Young Tiger Operations building & into car.
20:44:00 Gen Holloway shown engine in jet engine shop. Engine being towed along road.
KC-135 engine being tested at test stand. CUs.
20:44:31 Two airmen mounting engine on KC-135A. KC-135A taking off. CU pilot & copilot in cockpit of KC-135A in flight. View from KC-135A boom operator’s position of B-52 loaded w/ M-117 bombs, being refueled above clouds.
20:45:19 KC-135A boom operator’s view of F-4D w/ MK-82s & MK-82 Daisy Cutters being refueled.
20:45:29 Parked B-52D being washed by Thais; engines worked on.
20:45:58 Activity in bomb preloading area, MK-82 bomb being loaded to pre-loading area, being loaded into bomb clip & truck pulling it away. Clip of MK-82 bombs being pushed under B-52 by airmen. M-117 bombs being loaded individually into B-52D bomb bay beneath load of MK-82s.
20:47:43 Airmen loading M-117 bombs onto B-52D wing racks.
20:47:57 B-52D loaded with bombs taking off l. to r. & overhead.
Cold War; Air Support; 1960s; 1970s; Bombing Mission; Heavy Bombers; Fighter Aircraft;
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18 thoughts on “Vietnam War: USAF B-52 Sequence, U-Tapao AB, Thailand 250200-04 | Footage Farm

  1. Paul Rainwater says:

    In Asia and Vietnam it's called the "American War"

  2. Pat Price says:

    Newland, Kilo Sip, 200 land. They all bring back a shitload of memories.

  3. Simon Mendel says:

    I was there from Aug 1966 to Aug 1967. Base was still under construction and the permanent barracks weren't completed until a few months before I left for Bien Hoa AB in Vietnam. I was there when the B-52's first arrived in February (?) 1967.

  4. After 50 years since Utapao was built it still be used every single day (Both military and civilian aircrafts).

  5. ferd fernan says:

    I worked in that engine shop and Test cell 11-67 to 11-68. I helped set up that engine test cell in the video. There was actually two, one for Tanker engines and one for Bomber engines with two crews and ran two engines at the same time. Sgt. Fred Fernandez (CO)

  6. Charles HOLLINGSWORTH, JR says:

    Brings back good memories. I was an exMarine and re-enlisted in the Air Force as a Surgical Tech because I wanted to see the other side of killing as a healer. So surgical tech was the nearest thing. I was NCOIC of surgery at the base hospital and also did routine work as a medic. Gave lots of shots to those with injuries from New-Land : )

  7. S. Kightlinger says:

    Hi all: i was at u-tapao royal thai air base from jan 1st thru dec.31st 1969 and was a sargent with the 635th SPS. Boy it was some operation going on their. Being hot and humid and rainey wasn't the word for it. I mostly worked ''rat patrol" around the b-52 & kc 135's . Round the clock bombing operation were going on 24-7.. "Texasvice'' mentioned somewhat about ''newland''. I laught and had fond memories of that place in which working 6 on and l off came in real handy…. Love the Bot buses.. The only incident that i remember their was i think during the summer i was off duty and down at the local movie house and heard a loud explosion in which i thought the airbase was under attack.. Wrong, it was a B-52 on take off exploded on take off… . I salute the men and woman and especially the B-52 pilots saluting us Security Police on take off. A great bunch of guys. sam kightlinger

  8. texasvice1 says:

    I was there 75-76 635 SPS . Do you remember Newland or Kilo Sip? (LOL)

  9. 山野嵐 says:

    B52 bomp at VN war

  10. Larry Akers says:

    1972 thru 1973. Security Forces. Had a guy in munitions that I flew over with. He turned into an alcoholic. Two fire fights. Lost one ship during Linebacker II ops in Dec. Three big VC raids in Nov at 3 different bases. I am an Agent Orange Survivor being treated at VA since 2010 when declared a DAV.

  11. Lamar Plunkett says:

    I was there '70-'71 loaded bombs then went into weapons release section

  12. JohnBoyThai says:

    I was there from 1970 to 1971 307th AMS ECM Shop…

  13. mike klaene says:

    I was a Camp Vayama, just north up the coast from Sattahip from April to October of 68.  We were the primary munitions port in Thailand at the time.  500s come 6 to the pallet and 750s come two to a pilot.  Most of the cargo ships that came into our port were old Victory ships from WW2.

  14. Veronon Parker says:

    I was there from October  1971- 1972 / 42 MMS 307th bomb wing.

  15. ulysses green says:

    Was there in 1971 TDY at the hospital, we took lots of side trips.

  16. Excellent image quality–thanks for the memories.

  17. 60vanbaker says:

    I was at UT May 68 to Jan 69 then off to Ubon for my final 4 months in country. Worked POL was there the night the bomb dump blew up Aug. 68 and when the KC crashed on TO Oct. 68 killing all aboard.

  18. T. Mullen says:

    38th MMS sent me there 3 times 67-69. It was crazy wild. 38th was out of March AFB in Riverside. Later I went to Barksdale. I don't recall many names. The NCO was a crazy, gung-ho E-9 from Montana. Burly guy. Loved to bark orders. I watched a B-52 abort a take-off and slide off the runway. It exploded as a rescue chopper hovered overhead. All in the chopper were killed. The B-52 crew all escaped. I was sitting in a truck next to the mess hall on the "other side." I was pretty sure an unexploded 500-lb. bomb would fall out of the sky onto the truck. I was an E-4. Was on the LET the last few months of my last tour. Post something if you were there. I lost track of everyone I served with.  -Theo Mullen at theomullenii@gmail.com

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