aircraft flew high altitude intelligence gathering missions, collecting
both photo and electronic intelligence from North Vietnam.
the helicopter was first used at the end of World War II, and saw
increased utility for medical evacuation and observation during the
Korean Conflict, it was not until the Vietnam War that the helicopter,
in many varied configurations, became such an integral part of military
tactics and operations.
helicopter has become an integral part of our way of life as well. We
receive our traffic reports from "eyes in the sky," and medical
evacuation helicopters rush injured patients to hospitals free from
the delays inherent in surface transportation.
"smart bombs," so critical to military strategy, were first
developed and utilized as the U.S. involvement in Vietnam was drawing
to a close. Along with anti-radiation missiles which home in on targeting
radars of surface-to-air missile sites, these advances offered increased
survivability for American pilots.
addition to weapons, advances in medical techniques and technology,
as well as electronic intelligence gathering (see photo on this page)
and countermeasures came as a direct result of the Vietnam War.