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"Black Killer Duck" at Nakhon Phanom (NKP) Thailand
It is 4 November 1972. Lt Steve Mac Isaac is starting the number two engine of AC-119K, 53-7830. This was NKP's last "Stinger" mission into Laos.
Lt Mac Issac flew his first combat mission on 17 Feb 72 and complete his 171st and final combat mission on 13 Dec 72. He did all this in less than 10 months! During this time he was PCA'd four or five times and took two weeks R&R. This averages out to more than 20 combat missions per month.
Note: Photos courtesy of Steve MacIsaac by way of Lee Kyser.
Note: History of the unit in SEA only is given.
18th Special Operations Squadron, was constituted on 18 Jan 1969. Activated on 25 Jan 1969. Inactivated on 31 Dec 1972.
1st Special Operations Wing, 25 Jan 1969; 4410th Combat Crew Training Wing, 15 Jul 1969; 14th Special Operations Wing, 1 Oct 1969; 56th Special Operations Wing, 25 Aug 1971–31 Dec 1972.
Lockbourne AFB, OH, 25 Jan–1 Oct 1969; Phan Rang AB, South Vietnam, Oct 1969; Nakhon Phanom RTAFB, Thailand, 25 Aug 1971–31 Dec 1972.
Combat in Southeast Asia, 13 Nov 1969–2 Nov 1972.
Vietnam: Vietnam Summer-Fall, 1969; Vietnam Winter-Spring, 1970; Sanctuary Counteroffensive; Southwest Monsoon; Commando Hunt V; Commando Hunt VI; Commando Hunt VII; Vietnam Ceasefire.
Decorations. Presidential Unit Citation: Southeast Asia, 1 Apr–31 Dec 1972. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards With Combat "V" Device: 1 Jul 1970–30 Jun 1971; 25 Aug–30 Nov 1971; 1 Dec 1971–29 Feb 1972; 8 Apr–13 May 1972. Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm: [Oct] 1969–31 Dec 1972.
Mig Kills: 0
MSgt Tuan was the first VNAF Flight Engineer (FE) to get checked out. On his first solo flight, he had to bail out. The date was 1 Mar 73. The location was Da Nang. The aircraft was T/N 839. The VNAF GCA operators had gone home due to Da Nang getting fogged in.
L/C Simon, the USAF Instructor Pilot, took over the controls from his student pilot in an effort to land. He made two ILS approaches, the second one descending below 100 ft. He was never able to see any runway lights. Subsequently, they had to bail-out over the S. China Sea.
- By Lt Col Roy A. (Tony) Simon, USAF Ret.
Read about the Bailout of Stinger #839 as written in Colonel Simon's own words.
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