1114 – Smithsonian report on the Tet Offensive and F-100 jets

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A North American F-100D Super Sabre drops a napalm bomb near Bien Hoa, South Vietnam, 1967. (U.S. Air Force)

Episode 1114 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast will feature a story about the Tet Offensive of 1968 and the critical role played by the F-100D Super Sabre in that eruption of violence and killing. Alice L. George, Ph.D., an independent historian with a special interest in America during the 1960s wrote the story for The Smithsonian website titled: This Fighter Jet Turned the Tide During Vietnam’s Decisive Tet Offensive.

She included mention of a F-100D Super Sabre that is curated at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum and is on display at the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia that was a participant in the Offensive. She went on to describe how the Super Sabres became primarily a ground support aircraft as it eschewed its original design purpose of tactical nuclear fighter jet. It was the first jet used by the US in Southeast Asia and was used in the Vietnam War from 1965 to 1970. It
flew more sorties than any aircraft during the war.

Dr. George used a description of the Super Sabres as an introduction to her story’s look at the Tet Offensive and its results. The 50th anniversary of the Offensive is rapidly. Her story byline tells the whole story. It reads: Fifty years ago, America won this huge battle, but lost the war.

The Tet Offensive kicked off in a big way in late January of 1968. The Viet Cong and NVA attacked all the provincial capitals of the country including all the large cities and many US military facilities. What started out as a well coordinated nationwide assault quickly turned into a military defeat of great proportions.

Listen to episode 1114 and discover more about what Dr. Alice George has to say about the Tet Offensive and the role played by F-100 jets in the melee.


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