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Cold War Files: All Units: Events: B-52 Bombers First Used in Vietnam

April 12, 1966
B-52 Bombers First Used in Vietnam

B-52 bombers are used for the first time against North Vietnam. Each B-52 carries up to 100 bombs, dropped from an altitude of about six miles. Target selections are closely supervised by the White House. There are six main target categories; power facilities, war support facilities, transportation lines, military complexes, fuel storage, and air defense installations.

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