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T-28s were the first counter insurgency fighters used by the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. When I joined the 606th Air Commando Squadron at Nakhon Phanom, Thailand in November 1967, we were using the callsign "Zorro".

Zorro Mission

The Zorros mission was to interdict truck traffic on the Ho Chi Minh Trail. We also escorted helicopters anf flew close air support for the Royal Laotian Army.

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T-28 rolling in

T-28 Attacking

T-28 rolling in on a target in Laos. Most of our missions were flown there.

T-28D-5 on the ramp at NKP

T-28D-5 on the ramp at Nakhon Phanom

The Zorro T-28s had a night camoflauge which looks shiny black in this picture. It was actually quite dull. We started losing engines during the winter of 67/68 and were moved to day duties. The T-28 never returned to the trail. Five pilots who checked out in the A-1 did.

Zorro Section Picture

The last Zorro Picture

When the decision to take the T-28 out of active combat by the Air Force was made, we had an official photograph taken. Det. 1 56th Air Commando Wing at Udorn continued to fly some combat missions until the bombing halt.

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