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(USNS Core appears to be unloading the A-1 into the river, but in reality there was a barge below. This method allowed the ship to unload faster.)
(USNS Core with a load of A-1 Skyraider attack planes for the South Vietnamese Air Force (VNAF). They are covered with a peel-off protective coating that removed easier than the blown plastic of the Korean War era.)
class plane. Retired US Army Vietnam veteran Ron Sizemore contributed this amazing photo taken along the 'American stretch' of Back Beach, Vung Tau, and Ron wrote this from his home in the US:
"I took the picture in Dec of 1967 with a Pentax 35mm camera. Here is the story. The plane [Douglas A-1 Skyraider] had made one pass at that low altitude when I was coming out of the surf. I saw him on his way back toward us and I started running to the Lifeguard tower - because that is where my camera was.
The guy next to me hit the deck [sand] and I stayed on my way. I knew he was going to return for another pass. The second pass was a high one and the third was again low - right on the deck. It was my understanding that we, [the Yanks, Americans] had given the A-1's to the South Vietnamese and it was a friendly South Vietnamese pilot doing the flying. On his last pass, he did a `victory roll' that I was unable to capture."