U.S. Vietnam War 1966 Light Set Operational Area Aircraft - Fully Functional
Original Item: Only One Available. During the early stages of the Vietnam War the Air Force depended on the Army and Navy to do major construction the air service also developed construction support packages for its bases. The priority of effort went to operational facilities-runways, ramps taxiways and facilities to support weapons systems, followed by maintenance facilities. "Grey Eagle" supply kits airlifted to Vietnam contained minimum support equipment such as tents, electric generators, portable runway and aircraft control lights and vehicles. In June 1965 the Air Force also contracted for inflatable shelters that could be erected quickly and easily to provide enough covered space for maintenance of fighter aircraft, critical components, ground equipment, ammunition , and war readiness materiel. When more permanent operational facilities were completed , base civil engineers turned their attention to building more permanent administrative and living facilities. They replaced tents with barracks and the portable generators with permanent generating plants.
This is a 1966 dated, complete and fully functional Light Set, Operational Area, Aircraft. It consists of a hand held lamp Light, Traffic, Aircraft, Type B-2 along with a Transformer Type B-2 both of which are contained in a wood transit chest. The light is complete with both blue and red filters and extra bulbs. We plugged it in and it fired right up!
These were crucial pieces of equipment for early airfields that did not have permanent infrastructure built and also used in the jungle for helicopter landings. A really neat piece of Vietnam history!
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