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    For the Marines

    Last month, at the 600 MRP in Memphis, I met a fellow competitor, who was shooting in the Match Rifle category. During some small talk, between strings of fire, he mentioned he was a retired Air Force Lt. Colonel and had flown close air support in Vietnam in a A-1 SkyRaider! He spoke of one time, being in contact with a Marine unit, that was in a fight with a very large NVA unit. The word was, that the Marines were running low on ammo, the FAC asked, do you want air support now, since ammo is running low? The reply from the Marines, was "hell no, we have bayonets!" He went ahead and dropped down and fired rockets and dropped bombs anyhow, giving the NVA an even harder time. The Air Force man told me, he's liked Marines ever since!

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    Interesting for sure. I was with the 1st MAW in 67 and 68 and didn't realize our AF was still using A1s. Other services yes.

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    Yep, they carried more armament than a F4 Phantom and could hit with pinpoint accuracy at low levels , because the F4 Phantom had too high of a closing speed !
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    Quote Originally Posted by VanHahner View Post
    Yep, they carried more armament than a F4 Phantom and could hit with pinpoint accuracy at low levels , because the F4 Phantom had too high of a closing speed !
    Rgr that. I worked on F4s for my time in the Corps and they were never meant for air to ground warfare. Designed for air to air and high altitude intercepts.

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    Re: For the Marines

    The Lt. Colonel told me the Skyraider came into service in 1945. One model was for the Navy with folding wings and the one he flew was the one without folding wings.

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    U.S.M.C. Scout Sniper 67-68

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    Another thing about the Skyraider, the engine is the same as the ones on a B-29 Superfortress. 18 cylinder, 2500 horsepower, that is amazing.

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    Re: For the Marines

    Quote Originally Posted by nf1e View Post
    Interesting for sure. I was with the 1st MAW in 67 and 68 and didn't realize our AF was still using A1s. Other services yes.
    SPADS were used as part of the rescue teams. Call sign Sandy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BTk0-rAlKY
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