JUNE 1, 2020 BY GENERAL AVIATION NEWS STAFF
By Michael W. Michelsen, Jr.
Their stories were never featured on the nightly news. Questions about their existence were greeted with a terse “no comment” from government officials. The missions they flew were perilous, and carried out under extreme secrecy.
Today, more than 40 years later, their experiences are coming to light and being honored by some of the very people their efforts sought to protect, their sons and daughters.
Few people have heard of the 609th Special Operations Squadron, which operated under the call sign “Nimrods,” and even fewer have ever seen their trademark aircraft, the Douglas A-26K Counter-Invader in flight over American skies.
But thanks to the A-26 Legacy Foundation, made up of a small group of sons and daughters of Nimrod crewmembers, the last airworthy aircraft of its type is now flying across the United States. The mission of this aircraft is to fly in honor of the Nimrods, giving the public the opportunity to learn about their clandestine, but heroic, mission.
Photo credit: WHEN SPECIAL KAY TAKES TO THE SKIES, THE AURA OF THOSE WHO FOUGHT THE NIGHT WAR ALONG THE HO CHI MINH TRAIL FLIES WITH THE RESTORED BOMBER. (PHOTO BY LEFTY BRANDON)
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