Salute to Veterans: Covering the US Air Force in Vietnam (Series of Audio Podcast)

Feb 02, 2021 at 12:21 pm by WGNS

U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Howard Blair -

NEW AUDIO (02/02/2021): The audio in this post is an ongoing series that focuses on an Air Force Officer who flew in Vietnam.

Audio Recording Three (added 02/02/2021):

Audio Recording Two
(added 01/29/2021):

Audio Recording One (added 01/28/2021):


James Deck, better known by his friends as JD, took part in rigorous training that is quite different from the training experienced by many in today’s armed forces. The above audio dives into the start of that training. WGNS will post all of the audio from the series below over the next few days. 

The Lockheed C-130 Hercules is an American four-engine turboprop military transport airplane. JD  flew in a plane similar to this one during Vietnam. The C-130 took its first flight in 1954 and was introduced into the military in 1956. Airplanes like this are still in service today.

Below is a de-classified document (originally film), saved by the US Air Force. This is one of many showing how the United States kept a close eye on Russia in the 1950's and beyond. 

Shah Goes to Moscow (Local Identifier 341-IR-38-56/NAID 6040018), dated 1956, is an example of one declassified film. It comes from the U.S. Air Force series “Moving Images Relating to Intelligence Reports, compiled 1964 – 1998, documenting the period 1949 – 1958 (NAID 5964869 / Local Identifier 341-IR) and shows Mohammad Rezā Shāh Pahlavī, the Shah of Iran, as he prepared to leave on a plane to Russia.