Just like the automobile industry was established by the ford motor company. Multiple factors influenced the aviation industry during the mid-cold war and Vietnam. The so-called cold war was inevitable because it was as a result of a vacuum that was created after the common foe of the World War II was removed. The war was and is still a special way of fighting because it primarily revolved around espionage.
At the beginning of the war the US mainly focused on aerial operations. The Vietnam War did not exactly do so neither the international conflicts that preceded. The US began conducting aerial research in WWII which significantly affected the country’s military strategy in Vietnam. By the end of the 1960s, the US had developed an impressive fleet of aircraft. Choppers were later used to create the new military division known as the air cavalry (McAllister, 2010).The choppers were used for searching and rescue missions as well as conducting certain attacks. Moreover, their Ubiquity assisted also brought up the light infantry divisions. The first group of Air Calvary arrived in Vietnam in September 1965.
Another major development was the heavy bombers which were used in chemical warfare. The heavy dependence on aerial warfare arguably resulted in the most famous element of the Vietnam War. Increased chemical attacks in the form of napalm. However, this was short lived as international laws were established to limit the use of napalm during wars (Horwood, 2010).
To conclude the changes in military aviation barely shook the Hanoi control in most regions in Vietnam. However, the US heavy bomber strengthened the hardliners. The war in Vietnam depended on its ability to draw resources from different key areas: China, the Soviet Union and the Vietnamese countryside. Thunder could not touch any of these areas for a long period of time. With such resources and the morale of the Vietnamese fighters, there is no indication that more extensive military aviation could easily undercut the capabilities of the Hanoi regime to control major parts of the country.
Horwood, I. (2010). Interservice rivalry and airpower in the Vietnam War. DIANE Publishing.
McAllister, J. (2010). Who lost Vietnam? Soldiers, civilians, and US military strategy. International Security, 35(3), 95-123.