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By Noah E. Loy, Brigadier General, USAF (Retired)

FOREWORD (VNAF T-28C’s arming at Bien Hoa)

When I began writing this story

about my AT-28D flying experiences in Southeast Asia it was intended to become a short chapter in a personal biography I was writing to my two sons. As I searched for references to provide some dates and history concerning my association with North American AT-28D operations in Thailand I found considerable information about the 56th Air Commando Wing (56th ACW) and 606th Air Commando Squadron (606th ACS) activities in Thailand, but little was written about specific AT-28D night air interdiction operations in Laos. Almost all official references to AT-28D combat air operations in Laos from mid- 1966 through December 1967 related to Royal Laotian Air Force operations in northern and central Laos. The 56th ACW web page contains a

section titled “The Zorros” with pictures and text contributed by Felix “Sam” Sambogna, Lt Col, USAF (Retired).

He tells about AT-28D aircrew training and deployment from Hurlburt Field, Florida to Nakhon Phanom Royal Thai Air Base, Thailand (NKP), the early 606th ACS challenges of keeping its pilots current until arrival of their air- craft, and their subsequent employment in night interdiction operations. Due to the absence of written material describ- ing other than very general Zorro flying activities I decided to write “A Zorro Tale” to honor those who flew these dangerous and demanding missions and to assure the scope of their individual efforts would be recorded by a fellow pilot who participated in these Laotian air operations I fully understand that my story

does not represent all of the stories and experiences of every AT-28D pilot who served during this 18 month period. However, I write my tale hoping that anyone who reads this account will appreciate the brave efforts of AT-28D


pilots who performed some of the most daring night air interdiction operations of the Vietnam War.

How I Became a Zorro The most surprising assign-

ment of my 30-year career was when I received orders to report to NKP in northeast Thailand in March 1967. I had completed three months of duty as a Forward Air Controller (FAC) with the 2nd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division (2-4ID) and was expecting a different assignment in about six weeks which would have returned me to an F-100 fighter unit for the second half of my tour in Vietnam. As in most unexpected military assignments, there was a story and purpose. The 606th ACS was deployed to

Thailand as an operations element of the “Lucky Tiger” program. Its operations with three different types of aircraft included an AT-28D section that flew

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