The South Vietnam Air Force, officially the Republic of Vietnam Air Force (RVNAF; Vietnamese: Không lực Việt Nam Cộng hòa, KLVNCH; French: Force aérienne vietnamienne, FAVN) (sometimes referred to as the Vietnam Air Force or VNAF) was the aerial branch of the Republic of Vietnam Military Forces, the official military of the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) from 1955 to 1975.
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- 63,000 personnel (at height), 2,075 aircraft (at height)
- Chronology of the USAF involvement in Vietnam
- Air Bases Used by the USAF in South Vietnam
What began as a military aid program by the United States in 1950 to assist the French in subduing communist rebels in French Indochina, became, by 1965 an all-out war between South Vietnam and North Vietnam in which the United States was deeply involved. The United States Air Force was deployed to South Vietnam as part of this effort. Throughout t...
What began as a small US military assistance program to South Vietnam, grew into a wider regional conflict. American efforts focused on four major areas of combat: South Vietnam, North Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. The first USAF personnel assigned to South Vietnam arrived in August 1950, when the United States established Military Assistance Advisor...
During the Vietnam War, the United States Air Force (USAF) operated 10 major air bases in South Vietnam': Bien Hoa Air Base, 1961–1973 Major USAF unit: 3d Tactical Fighter Wing, 1965-1971 Binh Thuy Air Base, 1965–1971 Major USAF unit: 632d Combat Support Group, 1966-1971 Cam Ranh Air Base, 1965–1972 Major USAF units: 12th Tactical Fighter Wing, 196...
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The South Vietnam Air Force (Vietnamese: Không lực Việt Nam Cộng hòa – KLVNCH), officially the Republic of Vietnam Air Force (sometimes Vietnam Air Force – VNAF) was the aerial branch of the Republic of Vietnam Military Forces, the official military of the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) from 1955 to 1975. The VNAF began with a few hand-picked ...
See also: Farm Gate In March 1949, Emperor Bảo Đại officially requested that the French help set up a Vietnamese military air arm. Pressure was maintained with the assistance of Lt. Col. Nguyễn Văn Hinh, who had flown the B-26 Marauder with the French Air Force in the Second World War. In March 1952, a training school was set up at Nha Trang, and t...
In contrast with the North Vietnamese air force, most allied air operations in the Vietnam War were conducted by the U.S. military. The South Vietnamese forces operated at a fairly basic level compared to the U.S. forces, which carried out the bombing campaigns in the north. The 19th Tactical Air Support Squadron was organized on 17 June 1963. The ...
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When South Vietnam was overrun by PAVN forces on 30 April 1975, approximately 877 aircraft were captured by PAVN. Of that number, 41 were F-5s and 95 were A-37s.  When Vietnam helped Cambodia in 1979 with the Pol Pot situation, former VNAF A-37s flew most of the ground support missions.
The Air Force Historical study: Air Force Units in South Vietnam, 1965-1973, was compiled by Colonel John Schlight, Office of Air Force History, 1980. The list is in chronological order by date beginning in June 1965 and ending in March 1973. The list is then in order by location, with a list of units assigned to that location.