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Vietnam Veterans: Duke Woodhull: Flying High Over Vietnam


January 15, 2018

Courtesy photo

Duke Woodhull in the Vietnam Room of the WNC Military History Museum.

Piloting a plane over North Vietnam well above 70,000 feet was a surreal experience for U.S. Air Force Captain Richard "Duke" Woodhull. Woodhull spent two 60-day tours in Vietnam in 1968 and 1969, piloting high-altitude reconnaissance missions in the Lockheed U-2 aircraft out of Bien Hoa ("ben wah"), a Vietnamese air force installation 40 miles north of Saigon. His was a war of sharp contrasts: the unearthly experience of high altitude surveillance vs. the reality of daily life on a rough military base in a war zone.

Flying High

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