February 27, 1962: NGO DINH DIEM SURVIVES COUP ATTEMPT - South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem survives another coup attempt when Republic of Vietnam Air Force pilots Lieutenants Pham Phu Quoc and Nguyen Van Cu try to kill him and his brother Ngo Dinh Nhu by bombing and strafing the presidential palace.
Overlooked by Tuy Hoa’s Chop Chai Mountain, MACV advisor Tim Coughlin stands in front of a U.S. Air Force Cessna 0-1 Bird Dog. Unarmed, expect for marking rockets, the Bird Dog was flown by Forward Air Controllers (FAC) throughout the Vietnam War. Photo taken: Late 1964
2nd Lt. Thelma Daida of Port Charlotte, Fla. is pictured in her fatigues while taking basic training at Shepard Air Force Base in Texas in 1965. She spent a year serving as a surgical nurse in the Air Force in Vietnam. Photo provided
Mar 2, 1965: First bombing raids of Rolling Thunder occur. The Rolling Thunder was the first air war in Vietnam. Reference: Timeline of the Vietnam War (n.d) History learning website. Retrieved on December 22, 2012, from www.historylearningsite.co.uk