From: Washington D.C.
I didn't know that about Vietnam. That would make an interesting, small scenario. Difficult, too, I would imagine.
The interesting thing about Linebacker-era Vietnam air strikes, aside from the B-52 centered gorilla strikes, was that precision guided ordinance became available. The problem was that lasing pods were still relatively rare and aircraft were relatively vulnerable while they were lasing. Therefore in a given strike they were the weakest link. As a result, the number of aircraft supporting them ballooned. During the Rolling Thunder campaign, large groups of F-105s were the strikers escorted by a few F-4s, and F-105 Wild Weasel aircraft, supported by EC-121 and RB-66 AEW and ELINT/ECM aircraft. By Linebacker, though, a small group of F-4s were the strikers (only some of which had lasing pods) and the EC-121 and RB-66 were still there, but now there were multiple layers of BARCAP, chaff bombers and Wild Weasels to protect the vulnerable strikers as they were lasing. So precision guided weapons changed the tactics.