Red smoke guides helicopters - SAS 'hot extraction'

Submitted by Editorial team on Wednesday, 22 October 2008 - 4:42pm
A SAS patrol pops red smoke to guide helicopters to their location

A SAS patrol lets off red smoke during a 'hot extraction' in South Vietnam, circa 1971. The patrol would have used red smoke to identify themselves and guide the helicopters to their location.

Watch a photo slideshow of the hot extraction here.


Image courtesy of Brian Senn

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