World: Into the Barrel

Most of the planes that went on last week's deadly missions into North Viet Nam flew out of Thailand, from which 80% of all U.S. Air Force strikes over the North originate. Of the U.S.'s 40,000 military men stationed in Thailand, some 28,000 are Air Force pilots, mechanics and othsr ground-support personnel who maintain or fly 300 strike aircraft and 250 support planes from six U.S.-operated bases. Under Thailand's "gentlemen's agreement" with the U.S., the bases are considered Thai bases and are commanded by Thai officers. Thai air police control access to the...

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