Former Tan Son Nhut airbase; US major base during the Vietnam War (1959–1975) with USAF/USMC units 1966-1973.
HQ 7th Air Force http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/91/Seventh_Air_Force_-_Emblem.png
This was the air component command of MACV in the Vietnam war (1966-1975). Designated a combat command at Tan Son Nhut airbase, controlling 10 primary USAF bases in the Republic of Vietnam. From April 1966 until 1973, the command assumed responsibility for Air Force ops in Vietnam and shared responsibility with the Thirteenth Air Force for operations conducted from Thailand as 7/13 Air Force.
In June 1966, the first US air attacks near Hanoi and Haiphong occurred when 7AF aircraft bombed nearby oil installations. The following month, US aircraft struck North Vietnamese forces inside the Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). The Siege of Khe Sanh (Op Niagara) involved significant efforts by 7th AF. More than 24,000 tactical and 2700 Boeing B-52 Stratofortress strikes dropped 110,000 tons of ordnance in attacks that averaged over 300 sorties a day. At night, Douglas AC-47 Spooky gunships kept up fire against enemy troops. In August 1968, General Brown began to oversee the Vietnamization of the air war. By 1970, this effort was successful enough that he released the first USAF units to leave Vietnam.
On 29 March 1973, the command transferred to Nakhon Phanom Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand, where it accepted dual responsibility as the US Support Activities Group and Seventh Air Force. As a result, 7AF controlled air assets and operations in Thailand. On 30 June 1975, it was inactivated.
- 507th Tactical Control Group
- 15th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron
- 45th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron
- 315th Troop Carrier Group (Combat Cargo) and 8th Aerial Port Squadron
- 33rd Tactical Group (cargo)
- 505th Tactical Air Control Group
- 619th Tactical Control Squadron
- 6250th Combat Support Group
- 460th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing
Airdefense by US Army Alpha Btry, 6th Batn/56th ADA (towed Hawk)
YouTube footage http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqMUKg3nE2g
Currently Tan Son Nhat Intl Airpt.