Combat Airdrop Photos
(Photos: Stills are from ©DOD Moving Film Footage)

When aircraft landed at Khe Sanh the NVA (North Vietnamese Army) often rocketed and mortared the airstrip. Planes were nicknamed "Mortar Magnets" by the besieged Marines. A C-130 is shown under attack. Many planes were damaged during the airlift in both landing and air drops but surprisingly few planes were destroyed throughout the siege. Helicopters, used to supply the hill positions around Khe Sanh, had a much higher destruction rate.
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