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1962: ASA flew first airborne radio direction finding mission in Vietnam.

Friday, March 22, 2019
1962: ASA flew first airborne radio direction finding mission in Vietnam.

22 March 1962: ASA flew first airborne radio direction finding mission in Vietnam. It was a single-engine aircraft that flew low, slow, and had room for only a few people. This mission flew against Viet Cong transmitters east of Saigon.

Airborne DF had never been tried before. The challenges were many, from creating an airborne system that could discriminate between direct waves and sky waves to choosing the right kind of aircraft for the mission. However, by the spring of 1962, a year after their arrival in Vietnam, the 3d RRU was finally able to provide significantly better signals intelligence (SIGINT) support to the South Vietnamese Army with ASA's fledgling ARDF capability. The ARDF operator could get closer to the target transmitter without putting himself in imminent danger; one aircraft could move fast enough and cover enough area to eliminate the need for a network of DF teams; the response to the tactical commander's requirements was faster than with ground DF equipment; and most importantly, the ARDF was more accurate. It could precisely target the enemy's location, which led to follow-up by artillery, air strikes, and ground operations by South Vietnamese forces.

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The NCMF directly supports the National Cryptologic Museum (NCM), the first public museum in the U.S. Intelligence Community. We think you will agree it is truly a "museum like no other."

Located adjacent to the National Security Agency (NSA) in Maryland, the NCM houses a priceless collection of artifacts that represent our Nation's history in code making and code breaking, as well as a world class library of cryptologic media. The NCMF acquires the best artifacts for the NCM and supports new educational and interactive exhibits.

The NCMF provides exceptional cryptologic programs throughout the year, encourages young minds to explore cryptology and innovation through valued awards, and hosts educational, cryptology-related exhibits at various community events.

As part of the Foundation's partnership with NSA to build the Cyber Center for Education and Innovation - Home of the National Cryptologic Museum (CCEI-NCM), the NCMF also serves as a leader in the field of cybersecurity - striving to provide the best in educational resources and programs.

The NCMF and NCM share a joint three-fold mission to Educate, Stimulate, and Commemorate. Learn more about our MISSION.