US landing crafts in Wanson Harbor, October 1950. A near 50,000 US soldiers and Marines hit the beach to bolster Allied forces driving toward the Manchurian border.
F-86 Sabres of the Fifth Air Force in the air during the Korean War, 1953.
A C-130H with rocket-assisted takeoff and landing equipment. Three were converted as experimental units, to be deployed in Operation Credible Sport, a plan to rescue the American Embassy hostages held in Tehran. The plan called for using these modified C-130’s to land at the Amjadieh Stadium across from the US embassy, so that the entire operation could be completed without the use of helicopters.
The rockets were installed facing both the rear and front of the plane, they would be activated on takeoff and landing in order to shorten the distance required for both.
The video shows an accident which occurred in training, the crew mistakenly fired the forward facing rockets while still in the air, causing the plane to stall and hit the ground with too much velocity. Luckily, all of the crew survived.
Regardless, the design was a success, however, Operation Credible Sport was canceled due to negotiations leading to the release of the hostages. These particular designs were scrapped, but the Blue Angels currently operate a C-130 equipped with rear-facing rockets.
Royal Marines of 45 Commando on a ground domination patrol in Afghanistan, 2009.
Marine Corsairs have just struck Chinese positions in the Changjin (Chosin) reservoir area of northeast Korea with jellied gasoline napalm. Close air support was a key to the successful retreat to the sea in December, 1950.
A B-29, of the 19th Bomb Group, dropping its bombs on North Korea, Feb. 1951.
American, Australian, and Canadian snipers in the Korean War.