Scott Harrington is a graduate Of
Southern Illinois University, Class of 1962. He received his
commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air
Force on December 21, 1962, and attended Weapons Controller
School at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. His first
duty assignment was to Sioux City Air Base, Iowa, as a
Weapons Controller in the Semi-Automatic Ground Environment
or SAGE Center (call sign: Drumbeat).
November of 1964, Harrington was assigned to the 605th
Tactical Control Squadron JCS), part of the 5th Tactical
Control Group, at Clark Air Base, Philippines. He was sent
to the Combat Reporting Post (CRP) at Tan Son Nhut Air Base
in South Vietnam in December, for 35 days training on the
manual radar scopes. (The SAGE system utilized digital
computers to display radar images while the manual
environment used the raw radar images.) His next assignment,
since 5th TAC was designed to set up and temporarily man
radar sites in Southeast Asia, was to Nakhon Phanom where he
served as Senior Director/Weapons Controller of a radar
operations crew for 120 days at the CRP, call sign: Invert.
and his wife, Jaci, live in Northwest Florida.
They Called It Naked Fanny:
Missions During the
Early Years of the Vietnam War during the early years of the
Vietnam War, several small cadres of men served their
country and their fellow comrades-inarms from a remote
airbase cut out of the jungles of northeast Thailand. The
base was named Nakhon Phanom Royal Thai Air Force Base, but
the men assigned there had a special name for it
Initially they were assigned to rescue military pilots shot
down over Laos or forced to leave their aircraft over
Thailand. But as the war expanded, their mission changed and
they were asked to fly into hostile situations in North
Vietnam, making numerous rescues-detailed here by the pilots
who flew them and those who were rescued.
a story that has never been told in its entirety but is an
integral part of U.S. Air Force aviation history. Scott
Harrington has compiled and written the story of those early
years of the Vietnam War at the little base just west of the
town of Nakhon Phanom, Thailand.
reading it, you'll understand why these fragile aircraft and
the men who flew them were often referred to as "Blades
of wood - Men of steel."