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Documentary Captured Heroic F-100 Squadrons Headed To Fight In Vietnam

“People You Know” Chronicles ANG F-100 Units Going to War. The Four Air National Guard Squadrons Collectively Flew More Than 30,000 Sorties in Vietnam.

Friends and Neighbors- People You Know is a look at United States Air Force Air National Guard (ANG) squadrons deploying to Vietnam during the 1960s. Produced by the Air Force and narrated by the late Jim Crane of the television show Hogan’s Heroes, the film chronicles the mobilization of four F-100C-equipped ANG squadrons in response to the Pueblo Crisis during 1968. One particular two-ship mission is covered from pre-flight briefing to post-flight celebration. Spoiler alert: There is some bomb camera footage spliced in that was shot from F-4s. Can you spot it?

The ANG squadrons mobilized and highlighted in the film are the 120th Tactical Fighter Squadron (TFS) Bobcats of the Colorado ANG (tail code VS), the 174th TFS Bats of the Iowa ANG (tail code HA), the 188th TFS Tacos of the New Mexico ANG (tail code SK), and the 136th TFS Rocky’s Raiders of the New York ANG (tail code SG). These four ANG squadrons collectively logged more than 30,000 sorties during their deployments to Southeast Asia during 1968 and 1969. The film documents most aspects of the deployment, from operational concerns and logistics challenges to the personal lives of the pilots and airmen. The film will provide a few laughs along with lots of great F-100 action. Enjoy!

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Bill Walton

Written by Bill Walton

Bill Walton is a life-long aviation enthusiast and expert in aircraft recognition. As a teenager Bill helped his engineer father build an award-winning T-18 homebuilt airplane in their Wisconsin basement. Bill is a freelance writer, an avid sailor, engineer, announcer, husband, father, uncle, mentor, coach, and Navy veteran. Bill lives north of Houston TX with his wife and son under the approach path to KDWH runway 17R, which means they get to look up at a lot of airplanes. A very good thing.

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