Bird dog

Accession Number F02719
Collection type Film
Measurement 2 min 14 sec
Object type To be confirmed
Physical description 16mm/b&w/silent
Maker RAAF Public Relations
Place made Vietnam: Phuoc Tuy Province, Nui Dat, Luscombe Airfield
Date made 14 November 1967
Access Open
Conflict Vietnam, 1962-1975
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC

Wing Commander Tony Powell holds the unique distinction in the RAAF of being the only FAC pilot operating in South Vietnam with the USAF the term FAC means Forward Air Controller and is given to the Small Cessna aircraft that are used for spotting enemy positions. These small aircraft are also referred to as 'Bird Dogs'. The 'Bird Dog' shown is a USAF aircraft flown by Wing Commander Powell operating from Luscombe airfield Nui Dat. Shows Powell preparing to take off; in flight; marking target with 2 inch rocket; No 2 Squadron RAAF. Canberra bombers attacking enemy positions.

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