Project CHECO Southeast Asia Report. Visual Reconnaissance in I Corps
PACIFIC AIR FORCES HICKAM AFB HI CHECO DIV
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This report examines the MACV Visual Aerial Surveillance Program in I Corps, emphasizing the areas of responsibility for the Air Force O-1 and O-2 aircraft, Army O-1s, and the Senior Corps Advisor, as well as support given the Marines. That Air Force Visual Reconnaissance was an invaluable part of the I Corps reconnaissance program is self-evident. Two major theses are discussed First the Visual Reconnaissance VR program in I Corps was user-oriented. The MACV VR program in I Corps relied upon only O-1 and O-2 aircraft assigned to one tactical air support squadron and two reconnaissance airplane companies. The program, however, was implemented, not through these three aircraft units, but through the many Army, Marine, and ARVN ground units. No designated VR Program existed independently of the VR and FAC missions flown in support of U.S. and ARVN division users. Accordingly, the patterns of coverage adhered to those of unit areas of operation, and each user determined the nature of his VR program. Although Air Force FAC resources were dedicated to the FAC mission and only secondarily to the VR mission, they were used to accomplish significant Visual Reconnaissance. Since the O-1 and O-2 aircraft had other higher priority missions, no single manager of VR scheduling existed in I Corps. Second, the Visual Reconnaissance program in I Corps was scattered among a number of users, but no organization existed to analyze VR as a total, unified effort. Seventh Air Force and the I Corps Senior Advisor had collection systems to systematically compile data produced by VR flights, but no one made a thorough analysis of Visual Reconnaissance techniques and their effectiveness. This report provides comments on the completeness of VR coverage in I Corps.
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