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    Arsenal | North Vietnam’s Ilyushin Il-14 Crate

    A twin-engine Ilyushin Il-14 (NATO code name Crate), North Vietnam’s primary cargo and troop transport plane, flew over Tchepone Airfield in Laos on Oct. 25, 1961—a flight photographed by a U.S. Air Force McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo...

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    SLIDESHOW: Rolling Thunder XXX: A Look Back

    Rain pounded the pavement during much of the 30th anniversary Rolling Thunder run on Sunday, May 28, 2017, but it didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the riders or spectators. Crowds along the streets loudly cheered the Vietnam veterans...

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    Arsenal | UH-1 Iroquois “Huey” Helicopter

    At 10:48 a.m. on Nov. 14, 1965, UH-1B helicopters delivered the lead units of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile), to Landing Zone X-Ray in South Vietnam’s Ia Drang Valley...

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    Arsenal | The M14 Rifle

    In April 1958, the government-owned Springfield Armory in Massachusetts initiated production of the M14 rifle. The product of nearly 15 years of research and development, the new weapon could switch between semi-automatic and fully...

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    Arsenal | The F-104C Starfighter

      In December 1951, after Lockheed Corp. aircraft designer Clarence “Kelly” Johnson returned from meetings with U.S. Air Force pilots fighting over Korea, he was committed to developing the world’s fastest and highest-flying...

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    Arsenal | M19 60 mm Mortar

    The 1st and 2nd platoons of B Company, 9th Marine Regiment, attacked North Vietnamese Army positions on Hill 861 near Khe Sanh on April 24, 1967, and came under heavy fire as they moved into position. The Americans responded by deploying...

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    Arsenal | North Vietnam’s P-4 Torpedo Boat

    At approximately 3:05 p.m. on Aug. 2, 1964, USS Maddox fired three warning shots at three North Vietnamese P-4 patrol torpedo boats approaching the destroyer at high speed.  Over the next 20 minutes, the Maddox fired more than 280...

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    Arsenal | M113A1 Personnel Carrier

    A group of troops atop an M113 is one of the iconic images of the Vietnam War. The M113 armored personnel carrier, second only to the UH-1 Iroquois “Huey” helicopter in battlefield importance, entered production in April 1960....

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    Arsenal | The RF-101C Voodoo

    On Oct. 23, 1961, the commander of the Thirteenth Air Force ordered the RF-101Cs of Task Force Pipe Stem to fly a reconnaissance mission over Tchephone airfield in Laos to confirm reports of a North Vietnamese and Soviet presence. The...

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    Arsenal | The .51-Caliber Copter Killer

    Operation Lamar Plain from May 15 to Aug. 14, 1969, a follow-up to the Battle of Hamburger Hill in the A Shau Valley, annihilated the North Vietnamese 2nd Regiment. In the end, 497 enemy soldiers were dead, including the regiment’s...

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    Arsenal | The First Stealth Aircraft

    On July 26, 1968, the North Vietnamese fired two SA-2 surface-to-air missiles at SR-71A No. 976. Neither crewman saw the SAMs detonate about 2 miles behind the supersonic “Blackbird,” whose crews called it “Habu,” after the deadly...

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    Arsenal | The Aussie’s ‘Soldier Proof’ Gun

    Australia’s F1 submachine gun is one of the most recognizable and yet least known of the weapons used in the Vietnam War. Selected to replace the popular World War II–era Owen submachine gun after field testing in 1963, the F1 shared...

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    Arsenal | The NVA’s ‘Quick Change’ Machine Gun

    The Soviet-made PK general purpose machine gun—never as widely employed as the ubiquitous the Soviet-made AK-47 assault rifle and RPD light machine gun—began to replace the Soviets’ DP light machine gun in the North Vietnamese Army...

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    Arsenal | CH-47C Chinook Helicopter

    The CH-47 arose from a 1956 decision to replace the U.S. Army’s piston-engine helicopters with more powerful gas-turbine models. After a yearlong debate over mission requirements, the Army settled on two designs: a troop carrier, the...

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    Arsenal | The NVA’s Soviet Light Machine Gun

    A popular automatic weapon with North Vietnamese infantry squads, the Ruchnoy Pulemyot Degtyaryov, or Degtyaryov light machine gun, was designed in the late 1940s by Vasily Degtyaryov to replace the DPM light machine gun in Soviet rifle...

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    Arsenal | M79 Grenade Launcher

    Developed in the 1950s and entering service in 1961 to replace rifle grenades as an infantry platoon support weapon, the M79 single-shot grenade launcher looks like a large-bore sawed-off shotgun and fires a 40 mm grenade. The gun employs...