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Title: Airpower at Khe Sanh

Voice: Despite their numerical superiority and incredible tenacity, the North Vietnamese were unable to prevail. The besieged Marine fire base was supported by OPERATION NIAGARA in early 1968, which supplied 24,000 tactical sorties and 2,700 B-52 sorties. Airpower dropped over 110,000 tons of bombs on the enemy over a two-month period. Additionally, Seventh Air Force Commander, General William Momyer, was made the single manager for air. Under this centralized control concept, Momyer made effective use of all Air Force, Navy, and Marine tactical air units in support of Khe Sanh. The North Vietnamese were forced to lift the siege in March 1968. The successful outcome of the battle of Khe Sanh can be attributed directly to adherence to both the doctrine of centralized command and control of airpower, and the proper employment of coordinated, integrated airpower.

Action: Screen begins with a cartoon picture of a soldier quoted as saying:

We're surrounded... that simplifies our problem.

Action: The first of the following bullet points is shown on the left side of the screen as the narration begins. The rest of the bullet points are shown as mentioned in the narration:

Action: A picture of a gold F-100 is shown below the picture of the soldier as the second bullet point is shown. Both pictures are replaced by a picture of parachuters. One-third of the way through the narration, the parachute picture is replaced by a picture of a B-52. When he is mentioned in the narration, a picture of General Momyer is added below the B-52 picture. Both pictures are replaced by a picture of an airdrop when the fourth bullet point is shown.

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