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Introduction
Flaming Dart
The United States Considers a Reprisal Attack
President Lyndon B. Johnson
Flaming Dart I
USS Ticonderoga
Flaming Dart II
South Vietnamese A–1s and T–28s
Planning
Paramilitary Activities and Bombing Plans
Rising Pressure from the Services to Bomb the North
Selecting Major North Vietnamese Targets
The Gulf of Tonkin Incident
Washington Forbids Follow-On Strikes
The Bien Hoa Incident
Beginning of a Limited, Two-Phase Program
Washington’s Resistance to a Bombing Program Ends
Rolling Thunder Begins
The Air Challenge in North Vietnam
F–105s at Takhli Royal Thai Air Base
Command and Control of Air Resources
Preparations for a Rolling Thunder Program
Tan Son Nhut Air Base
The First Two Rolling Thunder Strikes
Initial Analysis of Aircraft Losses
An Air Strategy Emerges
Beginning of Weekly Rolling Thunder Strikes
Supporting Operations for Rolling Thunder
Contingency Planning for a Larger Conflict
Gradual Expansion
Further Decisions on Prosecuting the War
Initial Bridge-Busting Attacks
Countering the North’s Air Defenses
The Honolulu Conference of April 1965
Rolling Thunder’s Moderate Pace Continues
Expansion of the Leaflet Program
Cautious Optimism on Bombing Results
Pause and Escalation
The First Bombing Halt
Hanoi Expands its Air and Ground Defenses
The Air Force Organizes for Extended Combat
Washington Rejects a More Air-Oriented Strategy
Beginning of Two-Week Bombing Cycles
The SAM Threat
Initial anti-SAM Operations
The First Iron Hand Missions
Lt. Col. Robinson Risner
Improving Detection of SAM Sites
Continued Air Strikes on non-SAM Targets
Establishment of a Target Intelligence Center
Deepening Service Concern about Strike Restrictions
The First SAM “Kill” and the anti-SAM Campaign in Late 1965
The Air Force Increases its anti-SAM Capability
Udorn Royal Thai Air Force Base
Toward the Thirty-seven-Day Bombing Halt
Continuation of the Leaflet Program
Beginning of Thirty-Seven-Day Bombing Halt
Diplomacy Fails
Hanoi Rejects American Peace Overtures
Debate on Resuming the Bombing
Rolling Thunder 48
More Deployment Planning
Runway construction at Cam Ranh Bay
Rolling Thunder 49
Armed Reconnaissance Route Packages
Rolling Thunder 50
Selecting Rolling Thunder 50 Targets
Rolling Thunder 50 Begins
The Air Munitions Shortage
Circumventing Bad Weather with MSQ–77 Radar
Countering the North’s Air Defense System
Improving MiG Watch and Border Patrol
The POL Debate
Approval of a few POL Strikes
Gradual Expansion of POL Strikes
Strikes on Major POL Sites Begin
The Honolulu Conference, July 1966
The POL Strangulation Campaign
Summary and Reappraisal
Notes
Glossary
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Gradual Failure: The Air War over North Vietnam, 1965-1966

Gradual Failure: The Air War over North Vietnam, 1965-1966

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Published by Shelby G. Spires
by Jacob Van Staaveren, 2002, Air Force History and Museums Program, This was originally written in the 1970s as a classified history; some modest revisions were apparently made in this unclassified version
by Jacob Van Staaveren, 2002, Air Force History and Museums Program, This was originally written in the 1970s as a classified history; some modest revisions were apparently made in this unclassified version

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Published by: Shelby G. Spires on May 27, 2010
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