The World: The Air War: To See Is to Destroy

For U.S. Air Force pilots in Viet Nam, it was one of the busiest weeks of the war, as TIME Correspondent David DeVoss discovered when he visited the big American airbase at Danang. His report:

THE flying weather was poor, air traffic heavy and hazardous, and there were rumors about the infiltration of SAM antiaircraft missiles south of the DMZ. Nevertheless, U.S. Air Force Captain Donald E. Waddel, 26, was elated as he walked away from his F-4 Phantom fighter-bomber. "It was unbelievable," he said. "I've never seen anything like it—columns of tanks, columns...

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