Posts Tagged ‘Vietnam War’

Vietnam War Slang Series. Panel 1 of 26 – A is for Arclight.

Arclight. spray paint on canvas, Vietnam War painting by artist Oliver Smith

Arclight or Arc Light is the general term for the use of B52 bombers to provide CAS (Close Air Support), the title was first used as the monicer for mission Operation Arc Light in 1965; that mission consisted in part the deployment of B-52F Stratofortresses as conventional bombers from bases in the US to Guam to support…

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Vietnam War Slang Series – Panel 2 of 26 – B is for Basketball.

Basketball

This panel is the result applying various types of stencils and masking for spray painting. The Vietnam war slang word “Basketball” refers to an illumination-dropping aircraft mission, capable of lighting approximately a square mile of terrain, rather than using the actual action (illuminating the terrain at night) to come up with an image, the final design is…

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Source material for the painting Welcome Aboard.

VIEW THE PAINTING WELCOME ABOARD HERE The main inspiration for the painting Welcome Aboard came from the book Vietnam – The definitive oral history told from all sides, written by Christian G Appy. The book is an amazing project which had the author traveling the globe for 5 years collecting interviews from all sides of…

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Interview with World Airlines Stewardess Helen T Hegelheimer

Vietnam-the-definitive-oral-history-told-from-all-sides

Taken from the book Vietnam, Trails to war. “I was their wife, their sister, their girlfriend.” ‘ “In 1966 and ’67 she was a flight attendant for World Airways, one of the civilian airliners that had a government contract to ferry U.S. troops in and out of the war zone. An old photograph shows her…

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