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Fall of the Flying Dragon

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Fall of the Flying Dragon

Postby General Castries » Sat Dec 10, 2016 6:58 pm

Folks,
Set out below are a couple of photos of my new SVAF A-37 light attack aircraft.

By 1974, South Vietnam had the 6th largest airforce in the world, and the A-37 was the standard SVAF ground attack airctraft. The A-37s were reasonably easy to fly and maintain, and carried a useful bomb-load.

I decided that my ARVN forces needed air support, and the A-37 was used widely in both the 1972 and 1975 offensives. If you have any interest in the SVAF, theeeeeeeeeeeee book to buy is: https://www.amazon.com/Fall-Flying-Drag ... 0982553978


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Re: Fall of the Flying Dragon

Postby OTB » Sun Dec 11, 2016 1:26 am

Very nice - what manufacturer?
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Re: Fall of the Flying Dragon

Postby whoa Mohamed » Sun Dec 11, 2016 3:10 pm

Fantastic job on the tweets....mikey
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Re: Fall of the Flying Dragon

Postby Risaldar Singh » Mon Dec 12, 2016 1:07 am

I second the recommendation for this most excellent book! Now all you need is a C-130 improvised bomber.
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Re: Fall of the Flying Dragon

Postby General Castries » Mon Dec 12, 2016 5:09 am

A C130 bomber - just what I need for my small apartment in downtown Singapore. :)

The aircraft are 1/72 Academy kitsets, and they look rather nice (I had no part in their construction or painting).

If you read the history, the A37s were involved in a number of friendly-fire incidents during the 1975 campaign (including bombing the Headquarters of the ARVN 23rd Infantry Division at Ban Me Thuot). This can be put down to: (a) the fact that the PAVN were throwing up large amounts of AA fire; and (b) the tradition in the SVAF to let the most junior pilots fly as FACs. This meant that the A37s were crewed by veteran pilots, but the FACs directing their operations were not always experienced.


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Re: Fall of the Flying Dragon

Postby air bubbles » Tue Dec 13, 2016 1:27 pm

very nice an ARVN A26 invader would be a good friend to have as well .
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Re: Fall of the Flying Dragon

Postby Smitty14 » Tue Jan 03, 2017 7:33 pm

Nice looking plans. Good info on the SVAF too.
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Re: Fall of the Flying Dragon

Postby Cessna » Fri Feb 03, 2017 10:37 am

It's nice to see a Cessna...

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Re: Fall of the Flying Dragon

Postby GARRYOWEN » Sat Mar 25, 2017 12:41 pm

General, I have one of these aircraft in 1/72d stuck away some place. I don't remember who made it. I don't think it has VNAF decals though. I wasn't sure what to do with it. At the time I thought I would get into mercenaries in Africa in the 60's and thought this might work. I gave up on that, but am working on Vietnam 72-75 so this would be cool. Thanks for posting this. Yours really look good.''

Thanks also for the Amazon link for the book.

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Re: Fall of the Flying Dragon

Postby whoa Mohamed » Sat Mar 25, 2017 10:52 pm

i thought i read that some of the pilots defected and made bomb runs on Saigon during the fall?
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Re: Fall of the Flying Dragon

Postby GARRYOWEN » Sun Mar 26, 2017 2:00 am

I have been away from that for a while so my details may be off, but at least one did. But I can't remember for sure if he was a defector or a mole.

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