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Arclight strike on the Ho Chi Minh trail

Arclight strike on the Ho Chi Minh trail

Ho Chi Minh Trail Ban Laboy Ford by Drone

Ho Chi Minh Trail Ban Laboy Ford. note bomb craters on Eastern bank.

Ho Chi Minh trail Ban Nomai, coblestones laid by the Vietnamese during the war

Ban Laboy, Ho Chi Minh trail Ban Nomai, coblestones laid by the Vietnamese during the war

Ban Laboy ford Ho Chi Minh Trail, Xe Bangfie river

Ban Laboy ford Ho Chi Minh Trail, Xe Bangfie river

Vietnamese truck leftover from the War days Ho Chi Minh trail

Vietnamese truck leftover from the War days Ho Chi Minh trail

Bomb-shardstor

Ban Nomai, scrap metal collector, the pile of rusting metal are bomb shards sold by the Kilo.

F-4- D Over the Dogs Head, Ban Laboy Ford.

F-4- D Over the Dogs Head, Ban Laboy Ford. Submitted by Lt Col Lance DeYoung (USAF, Ret) This fantastic shot clearly shows the shape of the Nam Te Le river in the shape of the Dogs head. The alternative ford and the scarred earth from incessant ordinance strikes. The F-4 has an unusual configuration, carrying an Pave Knife laser designator pod on the left inboard station (the only station wired for this pod), which normally carried weapons (it was not plumbed for fuel tanks). In order to carry its mission load of two, 2,000 pound laser-guided GBU-10s, one went on the other inboard pylon and one went on an outboard pylon. This left the two remaining stations for fuel – a 600 gallon tank on the belly (centerline) and one 370 gallon tank on the other outboard station. Operationally, then, when the inboard bomb is dropped, there is asymmetric weight and drag on the inboard pylon (not as big a problem as the outboard pylon since it’s closer to the fuselage). When the outboard bomb is dropped, the same situation happens but it’s more pronounced than the inboard situation because it’s farther from the centerline. I suspect that outboard 370 gallon tank was used up first so that when the outboard GBU-10 was dropped, there was no longer much if an asymmetric weight issue (but there was asymmetric drag). However, this was somewhat offset by the Pave Knife pod providing drag on the opposite side.

Ho Chi Minh trial

Coblestone road the real Ho Chi Minh trail, a discarded bombie casing lying along the road, Ban Laboy

Scrap metal hunters on the Ho Chi Minh trail, Ban Laboy Ford

Scrap metal hunters on the Ho Chi Minh trail, Ban Laboy Ford

Customs officer Ho Chi Minh trail border crossing

Customs officer Ho Chi Minh trail border crossing