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With 3 engines out carrying a load of A-bombs Maj. Nick Firda had a Cold War dilemma

In Distinguished Flying Cross, U.S. Air Force, Vietnam War on April 22, 2013 at 2:38 am
Firda was flying one of these C-123 twin-engine transports loaded with Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. It was his job to spray the enemyinfested jungle with the deadly defoliant so the leaves would fall.  Photo provided

Nick Firda was flying one of these C-123 twin-engine transports loaded with Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. It was his job to spray the enemy infested jungle with the deadly defoliant so the leaves would fall. Photo provided

It was the height of the Cold War in the 1960s. Maj. Nick Firda was flying a secret Strategic Air Command mission in a B-52 bomber loaded with atomic bombs across the Atlantic Ocean to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina when an oil pressure problem caused him to shut his first engine down. It would be the start of a long flight. Read the rest of this entry »

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