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The Air Force Experience of Vietnam 1963-1975

15 Sep, 2016 -- Seminars
Speaker: Mr Martin James
Venue: Ngunnawal Theatre, R1
Time: 1000 - 1130 

The Air Force involvement in the Vietnam War began in 1963 with humanitarian relief flights and ended in 1975 at the fall of Saigon. During the 12 years of operations the Air Force deployed three flying squadrons and several ground support units which collectively represented the largest Air Force operational commitment since World War II. The conflict forced acceleration in the development of the airfield defence capability and the operational employment concepts of the A04 Caribou, UH-1 Iroquois. It also exposed the limitations in the Air Force’s ability to conduct strike operations in a contest environment.

As the Air Force marks the 50th anniversary of the deployment of No 9 Squadron to Vietnam and the Battle of Long Tan, this seminar considers the Air Force experience of its 12 years of counterinsurgency operations in Vietnam.


Mr Martin James

Martin James joined the RAAF in 1979 as an Aircraft Technician, and was posted to No 2 Squadron, the Aircraft Research and Development Unit, No 1 Flying Training School and Support Command. In 1996 Martin commissioned as an Aeronautical Engineer and served in the Directorate General of Technical Airworthiness, Officers Training School and No 38 Squadron.

In 2005 Martin was selected to complete a Chief of Air Force Fellowship at the Air Power Development Centre, where he researched and wrote on the development of air power doctrine, and contributed to the RAAF Air Power manual released in 2007. During this time he also completed a Masters of Defence Studies at UNSW and lectured extensively at ADF training institutions on air power history and doctrine.

In 2008 Martin left the RAAF in order to take up a position at the Office of Air Force History and in September 2013 he was appointed the RAAF Historian. Since his appointment to the Office of Air Force History he has completed several deployments to the Middle East and Afghanistan in support of records and artefact collection.

Contact Info: For further information and to register your attendance, please contact: Air Power Development Centre E-mail: airpower@defence.gov.au


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