- Additional Details
- Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: History Channel
- DVD Release Date: August 6, 2000
Hear from the pilots who survived one of Vietnam's most dangerous assignments.
It seems like a cruel joke--sending pilots out over enemy territory in outdated planes, often without any weapons at all, and requiring them to fly "low and slow." Yet this is exactly what the airmen who served as Forward Air Controllers in Vietnam were ordered to do.
Bridging the technological gap between WWII and the Gulf War, Vietnam was rife with combat anachronisms, and the Forward Air Control was one of the most astonishing. For all the firepower American bombs could bring to bear, finding the targets in the dense jungles often required spotters, and this was the thankless and dangerous job of the Forward Air Controllers--to direct the bombers to their targets. SUICIDE MISSIONS uses combat footage and gripping interviews with survivors, including the man who saved BAT-21, to tell the astonishing story of these brave aviators.
Strap into the cockpit for one of the most harrowing missions in the history of aerial warfare.