Air & Space: “In December 1972, the B-52 bombers that North Vietnamese missile crews had been waiting for came to Hanoi. Night after night. Over virtually the same track. I had come to Hanoi to research my second book about the air war over North Vietnam: the story of the December 1972 B-52 bombing of Hanoi, known as Linebacker II. I had arrived with the standard U.S. understanding of the raids. In early December 1972, President Richard Nixon and his national security advisor, Henry Kissinger, faced a political defeat. The North Vietnamese had broken off negotiations in Paris. It was clear that they were waiting for an anti-war U.S. Congress to return in January, cut off funds for the war, and give them a victory. To force the North Vietnamese to sign the agreement, Nixon decided to bomb Hanoi. After initial heavy U.S. losses, B-52s were able to attack with relative impunity and, after 11 days of raids, the North Vietnamese returned to Paris to sign the agreement they had rejected in December.”
2014-05-10T19:40:24-07:00By Richard Keyt|2 Comments
About the Author: Richard Keyt
Rick Keyt has practiced law in Arizona since 1980. He flew the F-4 Phantom for five years in the United States Air Force, including combat missions over South Vietnam, North Vietnam and Laos in 1972. For more about Rick's bio including his F-4 bio see his resume on his law website. Connect with Richard at 480-664-7478 or send him an email at [email protected].
i lost a friend in april 1973 at korat thailand. his names edward r. sitz he left out a safety pin while pulling an ejection seat on F-4. he hit the roof came down on wing. we were both 42252 egress repairman. those seat were very complicated. the A-7 had the best ejection seat meaning u could pull it in about 15 minutes. the f-4 took way longer to pull. the A-7 seat wasnt as complicated as the martin baker was.
i was TDY from Mcconnell afb Kansas with the F-105 Wild Weasels.