Vietnam From The Ground Up: Air War in Vietnam
The exhibit “From the Ground Up: Air War Vietnam” features artifacts from the Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum’s collection, the National Museum of the United States Air Force, collectors and veterans as well as oral history interviews that bring the drama and courage of the air war to life.
The exhibit is timed in 2018 as part of the 50th Anniversary of peak U.S. involvement in Vietnam and will include content on Operation Arc Light, the B-52 strategic bombers mission in Southeast Asia and Operation Rolling Thunder, the aerial bombardment campaign conducted by the U.S. against the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.
The exhibit is on permanent display. The museum guides guests from the role of the Forward Air Controller on the ground to the strategic bombing missions of the B-52 above 30,000 and beyond. Though the Tet Offensive of 1968 may have eroded support for the war, the air war in Vietnam remained strong and consistent.
Our exhibit also includes recognition of those who fought and died in service to their country during the Vietnam War. “Individual Reflections from the Wall” exhibit displays photographs, letters and personal mementos left at the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C.
We also acknowledge Linebacker II with artwork and artifacts depicting the men and machines of the U.S. Seventh Air Force and U.S. Navy Task Force 77 that took part in the bombing missions on Haiphong and Hanoi, North Vietnam during the last two weeks of December 1972. Here B-52 bombers flew large numbers of attack missions as a means of bringing the North Vietnamese government back to the table for peace talks.