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Title: Vietnam War 1965–1973

Voice: Now you will see how politics, technology, and organizational factors led the Air Force on excursions from its established doctrine. These factors contributed to an overall dismal performance for airpower in Vietnam. Yet, despite these hindrances, there were several shining examples of airpower employment in the midst of the gloom. Look now at Vietnam and see the failures, so you may better understand the successes.

Action: In the background are the ghosted images of two F-4s. The following bullets are shown overlaying the planes:

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