The popular conception of the Vietnam War focuses on the ground war—the soldiers and grunts who humped along jungle trails and fought the Vietcong face to face—but an important part of the war was waged in the skies over Southeast Asia, and indeed many of the war’s most well-known figures were pilots, from John McCain and James Stockdale to the unknown men who unleashed napalm hell and who carried out Curtis LeMay’s “bomb them into the Stone Age” doctrine, Lyndon Johnson’s Rolling Thunder, and Richard Nixon’s Linebacker. This photo book chronicles the U.S. Air Force’s operations in Vietnam, covering the aircraft, munitions, battle damage, and uniforms of Vietnam in the air.
Alejandro Villalva has served in the U.S. military, on active and reserve status, since 1991. Currently, he works as a forensic analyst and historian with the Department of Defense, specializing in the analysis of recovered artifacts as part of the process of identifying missing service members from World War I to the present. He lives near Dayton, Ohio.